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Niumatalolo to be key-note speaker

Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo will be the featured speaker at the seventh annual Lauren's First and Goal football camp June 6 at Lafayette College.

The camp serves as the main fundraiser for Lauren's First and Goal Foundation, which provides financial resources for brain tumor research and cancer services and emotional and monetary support for families dealing with pediatric cancer in its efforts to raise awareness of the disease.

The foundation was established in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their daughter Lauren, who is a pediatric brain cancer survivor. Since its inception, LFG has raised more than $800,000.

"It's a great cause, and I'm glad I am able to help out," Niamatalolo said from Annapolis, where the Midshipmen had their third spring practice session this afternoon. "John Loose is a great football coach and an even better person. What he has done with this camp is remarkable. It has gone from a camp to help his daughter to helping others as well."

During the one-day camp, high school students receive instruction on offensive and defensive skills from volunteer coaches, and then a guest speaker discusses with the athletes life lessons both on and off the field.

"Coach Niumatalolo has been a huge part in the most successful run in Navy history," John Loose said in a statement. "We could not be more excited that Coach Ken Niumatalolo has volunteered to be our featured speaker at Lauren's First and Goal football camp."

Niumatalolo's 18 wins are the most by a coach in a two-year span, and last season the Midshipmen tied a school record for wins in a season witih 10. That included a 35-13 victory over Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

Niumatalolo also is the first Navy coach to lead the Midshipmen to bowl games in each of his first two seasons and to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in his first two years.

By Gene Wang  |  April 2, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
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