April 9, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama swimming and diving team hosted its annual Laps for CF event for the sixth year in a row, with the Alabama Aquatic Center crowded once again in support of Emily Schreiber's ongoing initiative to help fight the battle against cystic fibrosis.
"It's been a great partnership," Schreiber said of the Crimson Tide's involvement with the annual event. "We love coming down here every year for this event."
Tuscaloosa native Garrett Montgomery, who was diagnosed with CF as a toddler, received a standing ovation from the crowd as he swam his lap with members of the Alabama swim team following close behind.
"It's hard to believe that Emily is 18 and will be heading off the college next year," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. "We've been involved with Emily and Laps for CF for since she was 12 and the event has grown and spread from one swim-a-thon to the point where she's raised over $2 million. It's a great accomplishment for Emily and everyone she helps along the way and we're just glad to be a part of it each year."
Before Montgomery's performance, the Alabama swimming and diving team put on an exhibition that included swimming relays as well as a variety of diving stunts. After the festivities ended in the pool everyone moved outside to enjoy BBQ, music and children's activities.
Schreiber was diagnosed with CF in January of 2003 at age nine. Just six weeks later, she put together her first CF fund-raising event, dubbed "Laps for CF". An avid swimmer for years, her idea for the fundraiser focused on individuals pledging dollar amounts for each lap she swam.
Since that time, Schreiber's "Laps for CF" effort has raised more than $2 million for cystic fibrosis care and research