La Foundation

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Mission Statement

Our contribution to La’s Foundation will create a lasting tribute to commemorate La’s courage, determination, passion, love for others and love for life. La’s family will make grants to charitable causes that help young people afflicted with lung cancer and other forms of cancer. Grants will be made to honor causes that were important to La during her life, including soccer, lacrosse, athletics, and animal welfare. Scholarships will also be awarded to young women at Henderson High School in West Chester, PA and Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

About La…
A graduate of Henderson High School in West Chester, PA and Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, Laura passed away in June 2008 from lung cancer. She is survived by her husband, Steve Koch, Drexel’s associate director of athletics, whom she met at Drexel.

Known as one of the greatest players in Drexel women’s soccer history, Laura left an outstanding legacy. She played for Drexel’s soccer team, the Dragons, from 1998 to 2001 and left as Drexel’s all-time leader in goals and points. Dan Simmons, associate athletic director of recreation, said, “I remember her at the end of her career. She was the type of person you wanted on a Drexel team. She was always full of energy and always smiling.”

After graduating Drexel in 2002, Koch worked for the Veterinary Referral Center in Frazer, a 24-hour emergency care center, and loved to nurture animals.

To preserve her exemplary legacy, each year La’s #9 jersey is wore by the woman who displays the traits that define the way Laura lived her life and played on the field. Drexel is currently fundraising to build The Laura Koch Memorial Locker Room which will become the home of women’s soccer at Drexel.

Congratulations to our 2020 Scholarship Recipient:

Gwyn Godin

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Recipient:

Gabrielle Bosken

Congratulations to our 2018 Scholarship Recipient: 

Peighton Bement

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Recipient:

Emma Laudermilch

Honoring La before a Drexel U soccer game this month, a symbolic check was presented to this years winner of La’s Foundation scholarship of $1,000 to the player that best represents La’s spirit and character.
Drexel announced the winner of this year’s Laura Meikle Koch Scholarship Foundation at halftime 

Podcast with Brad Segall
Listen to Cam Meikle’s podcast with KYW’s Brad Segall.
Cam discusses the La Foundation and the various nonprofits it supports.

Press Archives:

Drexel LMK day (2018): Women’s Soccer Set to Host Delaware on Sunday –

Drexel announced the winner of this year’s Laura Meikle Koch Scholarship Foundation at halftime(2016) | FULL STORY

Read about Drexel’s Locker Room dedication to LA: pr december 2008-1

Years after, Meikle Koch Continues to Inspire DU

Fund News…

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On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, Cameron Meikle and Beth Harper Briglia signed paperwork for the fund’s first donation. The donation was made to the Chester County SPCA Guardian Angel Program

Past Events…

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Volpe Open House and Auction Fundraiser
August 2, 2014

Lace ’em up for La 2012 Lacrosse Camp
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June 11 – 14 from 5-8 PM
Great Valley Middle School

Rock for La ’11

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December 23, 2011

2nd Annual ‘Lace Em’ Up For La – 5K Run/ 1 Mile Walk’
When: Sunday September 5, 2010

LA 2010 Lax Camp
When: July 21-24
Where: Henderson High School
400 Montgomery Ave., West Chester
Check out the brochure

Press Archive…
October 9, 2016: “Women’s Soccer Battles UNCW To 1-1 Tie On Alumni Day” | Full PR
December 19, 2008: “Angel on the Lax Field.” | Full PR
December 19, 2008: The La Foundation Established at CCCF | Full PR
December 26, 2009: The Note’s Rock for ’09 in honor of Laura Meikle Koch | Flyer

Learn More…
To learn more, please visit the official La Foundation website

Press Archive…
2011: La’s Foundation | Full PR


Donate now to honor La by mailing a flyer and check, made payable to:

La Foundation c/o CCCF
28 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382