Sal Conaboy

Senior center Sal Conaboy is leading the Maryland football team's efforts in raising money for cystic fibrosis. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun / August 5, 2013)

Part of Friday's annual Red-White spring game at Maryland will involve fundraising for Uplifting Athletes, a non-profit organization that matches college football teams that raise money for medical research of rare diseases.

The Terps are helping raise money for cystic fibrosis. Former Maryland star and current NFL analyst Boomer Esiason has a foundation to help research a disease that afflicts his 22-year-old son Gunnar.

 “We’re trying to get the players more involved. We’re trying to get the program more involved,” said Maryland senior center Sal Conaboy, who heads the effort in College Park.

Along with collecting donations at Friday’s game, a fundraiser will be held later this month on the mall in front of McKeldin Library on Maryland Day, April 26.

“We’ll be able to reach more fans,” Conaboy said. “We’ll do some little events ... and have some other games for kids.”