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Two football coaches volunteer to raise funds for cancer research


Two Hamilton College football coaches attended the 12th annual Lauren's First and Goal Foundation Football Camp at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where more than $114,000 was raised for pediatric brain tumor research on June 7.

Official press release

Assistant coaches Jerome Rudolph (third from right in picture above) and Joe Dougherty (far right) participated in the camp, which is the primary fundraiser for Lauren's First and Goal Foundation. All proceeds from the event, including camper registration and donations, go directly toward the foundation’s mission of supporting pediatric brain tumor research, patient services and families living with the disease.

Different members of the Hamilton football coaching staff have been attending this event for several years. Dougherty was an assistant coach at Lafayette in 2003 and again from 2006 to 2012. He is entering his third year at Hamilton, where he coaches the defensive line. Rudolph was a starter at running back at Lafayette and graduated from the college. He is also in his third year with the Continentals and works with the wide receivers.

During the one-day camp, more than 2,100 high school athletes received instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from more than 360 college coaches representing more than 100 colleges and universities. University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was the featured guest speaker.

The event was created in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their 18-year-old daughter Lauren, who is a pediatric brain tumor survivor. The foundation has awarded $1.46 million to pediatric research, patient services and families since 2004.

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