Sharks Swim Team At The Line

Alpharetta Sharks Raise Funds For Charity

Released September 10, 2016 04:27 PM
With a history of philanthropic support being part of an overall team experience, the Alpharetta Sharks Swim and Dive Team raised over $1,500 this summer to present to the Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Sharks Team members hosted two Swim Atlanta stroke clinics, participated in an Olymp-athon, and dueled in fin-to-fin swim relays with their coaches, all to raise funds and awareness for the foundation.

Fifty years ago, there were no effective treatments for cystic fibrosis and little was known about the disease. Today, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation maintains a robust pipeline of therapies that target cystic fibrosis from every angle, including the root cause of the disease. Nearly every CF drug now available was made possible because of the foundation’s support and ongoing work with researchers and leading biotech or pharmaceutical companies.

Through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s successful venture philanthropic model, hundreds of millions of dollar have been raised and invested to help discover and develop breakthrough CF therapies. According to Scot Rittenbaum, Executive Director for the Georgia chapter of CFF, “Thanks to the dedication and support of our volunteers and donors, like the Alpharetta Sharks, we have made remarkable progress in the fight against cystic fibrosis. Advances in treatment and care have helped to add decades of life for people with the disease.”
  
Funds raised by the Alpharetta Sharks were recently presented to Scot by Miriam ‘Mimo’ Scholz, head coach for the Sharks, and Cara Prell, aquatics program coordinator for Alpharetta Recreation and Parks. To become part of the Alpharetta Sharks team legacy, contact aquatics@alpharetta.ga.us or 678-297-6153. For information or to learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, visit the local CFF website at www.georgia.cff.org.