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Posted on: 04/30/2004

IC, Watkins Glen grad plans benefit clinic
All proceeds will go to Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

By LaMOND POPE Journal Staff

Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp

When: June 5

Where: Lafayette College's Metzgar Athletic Campus, Easton, Pa.

Cost: $25, all proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States

More information: Contact John Loose at (610) 330-5488

ITHACA -- Lafayette College assistant football coach John Loose has experienced first-hand the role the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States (PBTFUS) can play for a family.

Loose's 7-year-old daughter, Lauren, was diagnosed with multiple brain tumors at the age of 2. During the past five years, the Loose family has received support from the PBTFUS, which provides the majority of funding for research into the treatment of and search for a cure of pediatric brain tumors.

With that in mind, Loose, who graduated from Watkins Glen and was a high jumper at Ithaca College, is organizing a one-day football clinic.

"Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp," will take place June 5 at Lafayette College's Metzgar Athletic Campus in Easton, Pa. All proceeds for the event will benefit the PBTFUS.

"We had gone to a couple of functions for Rides for Kids that raised a lot of money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation," Loose said in a phone interview Monday. "We had just been thinking for a couple of years of what we could do."

The clinic is for players entering grades 7-12 for the fall. It will be staffed by college coaches from all three NCAA division levels.

The players will be divided into small groups for non-contact offensive and defensive skill instruction. The camper-to-coach ratio will be approximately 10-to-1.

"What we're trying to do is something where everybody wins," said Loose, who graduated from Ithaca College in 1987. "The college coaches can see the high school prospects. The High school prospects can be coached by the college guys. We are going to coach them on the individuals of football, both on offense and defense. And all of the money goes to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation."

The registration fee of $25 must be received by May 15. Registration forms are available on Lafayette's athletic Web site, The event will be held rain or shine.

Among those expected to attend is Bobby Ross, the former San Diego Chargers and Georgia Tech football coach who is entering his first season as head coach at Army.

Ross will give a speech between the two sessions. Loose also expects representatives from Division I schools like Penn State, Ohio State and Syracuse as well as someone from Ithaca College and Cornell.

Loose, the defensive coordinator at Lafayette since 2000, said he is excited that the coaching community has offered to lend a hand. He has also served stints as an assistant at Army and the Coast Guard.

Loose played football at Watkins Glen, and then decided to concentrate on track at Ithaca College, where he was a five-time NCAA qualifier. Loose also assisted high school teams at Corning West and Watkins Glen while attending IC before taking his first football coaching job at SUNY Albany in 1987.

The Loose family recently received some good news when Lauren went off her medication for the first time in five years. And while she is blind in one eye and still has multiple tumors that must be kept in check, John says Lauren is doing well and credits his wife, Marianne, for managing everything.

For more information on the clinic, contact Loose at (610) 330-5488 or via e-mail at

Originally published Friday, April 30, 2004

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