Feb. 11, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Lady Vol swimming and diving team will dedicate its Friday afternoon practice to Auburn head swimming and diving head coach Richard Quick.
Quick, who has guided 12 teams to NCAA team titles, was recently diagnosed with an inoperable, cancerous brain tumor. Swim Across America, a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment, has created the SAA Richard Quick Endowment to support cancer initiatives. Swimmers are being encouraged to jump into the pool, donate money and dedicate their swims this weekend in honor of Coach Quick.
Lady Vol freshman Tori Richmond is spearheading the donation effort for UT. Cancer awareness is an issue close to the Palm City, Fla., native's heart as her mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor, and she, herself, had skin cancer removed last summer.
"My mom is really involved with fundraising for cancer awareness," Richmond said. "She has always taught me to get involved and help the best I can."
For more information on the event, to register to swim or to make a donation to the cause, visit www.swimacrossamerica.org/swimquick. Donations can be made by sending a check made payable to "Swim Across America" and noting "Richard Quick" in the memo line and mailing to Swim Across America, One International Place, Suite 4600, Boston, MA, 02110.
In addition to being a cancer survivor himself, Lady Vol head swimming coach Matt Kredich also coached with Quick for a year at Stanford University.
"We want to honor Coach Quick by raising money and awareness to battle this disease that affects nearly every person in some way," Kredich said. "Twenty four years ago, I was the beneficiary of what, at the time, was a new cancer treatment. That combination of drugs has become the standard protocol for treating testicular cancer to the point where there is a 90-plus-percent survival rate. The hope is that every type of cancer will someday soon have a similarly effective treatment. This takes research, research takes dollars, and dollars will come if enough people feel passionately about curing these diseases. I think you have to believe either that the treatment you are getting will cure you, or if this one doesn't work, the next one will. You never know, so you have to believe. We need to fund 'the next one.'
"Richard has been successful because he's incredibly bright and talented, but also because of his outlook," Kredich said. "These attitudes have been transferred to hundreds of people - coaches and all of the athletes that they in turn have coached, athletes who have gone on to be parents and professionals, and countless people that he's touched through his personal and professional life. No one who has been touched by Richard will be surprised when he outlives this cancer, and we all will continue to be inspired by his outlook: 'Be open to the possibilities, and anything is possible.'"