About RivALZ

Alzheimer's Association RivALZ is a volunteer-driven event that engages young professionals in friendly but fierce flag football games around the country. As part of the competition, teams are organized around age-old rivalries — East vs. West, Blondes vs. Brunettes, City vs. Suburbs — that inspire fundraising, awareness and action in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. 

RivALZ began in the fall of 2005 as Blondes vs. Brunettes®, a flag football event organized by a group of professional women, led by Sara Abbott, in Washington, D.C. Her sister, Kate Stukenberg, soon expanded the game to Texas. The founders of the event have a personal connection to Alzheimer’s and designed the event to drive awareness among a younger audience while raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Since the inaugural game in Washington, D.C., the event has grown to more than 40 cities, raising more than $5 million and bringing thousands of new supporters to the cause.

In 2014, to accommodate nationwide growth, “Blondes vs. Brunettes” grew into “RivALZ,” empowering participants to choose the rivalry around which to organize their teams. The funds raised through RivALZ benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. We strive to:

  • Help families across the country by continuing to provide and enhance programs focusing on education and support.
  • Advance critical research studies into methods of treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure.
  • Speak up for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s through our public policy initiatives.

Since 2013, RivALZTwin Cities has raised nearly $600,000! The Twin Cities inaugural game was the largest of any first year game in the league's history, and it continues to grow each year. 

Who can get involved?
Anyone can get involved, no matter your level of ability, hair color or gender. RivALZ Twin Cities is recruiting players, Ralliers (formerly super fans), coaches and anyone interested in serving on planning committees. 

What positions are available - and what is the commitment level for each?

  • Player or Coach: (once or twice per week)
    Participate in the football program and raise funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
    • Attend 3 of the 6 tryout practices from Kickoff Party to Draft Party. 
    • Attend one to two practices a week throughout the season from June to Game Day.
    • Fundraise $250 by the Draft Party and an additional $150 by Game Day.
  • RivALZ Rallier & Rallier Families
    This group gives you the chance to get involved without the commitment of weekly practices.  The group includes former superfans, coach & player alumni as well as anyone interested in raising funds and awareness.
    • Individual:  Raise $300 by August 20th to receive a shirt inspired by the jersey design. 
    • Family: Raise $650 by August 20th to receive 2 adult shirts and a special children’s item.  
    • Coach & Player Alumni: Register as RivALZ Rallier for specific alumni opportunities. 

Serve on a Planning Committee: 

RivALZ Twin Cities has several subcommittees that are critical to the success of the event.  Some of the subcommittees that currently need help are Sponsorship, Events and Public Relations/Marketing.  These committees usually meet once a month and allow you a hands-on opportunity to get involved.

 Volunteer on Game Day: (one-time commitment)

If you are incredibly busy but still want to get involved, be a volunteer on game day.  Game day would not run smoothly without people generously donating their time.  About a month out from game day our Game Day Operations subcommittee will send out an email asking interested volunteers to sign up for specific positions.  To volunteer on Game Day - please register here:   https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1961743/false#/invitation

How do I sign up?
Select "Register" at the top of the page. Please note, After tryouts you will only be allowed to register as a RivALZ Rallier.

Are you still unsure?
Join us for an upcoming recruitment happy hour or other event - Click here for upcoming events

What is Young Champions?
Young Champions a diverse group of emerging leaders who are dedicated to changing the face of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by engaging our peers and raising awareness across generations. Click here to get details about all of the work this energizing group is doing to end Alzheimer's.

What is the mission of the Alzheimer's Association?
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The organization is dedicating to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for the disease. The mission of the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to promote and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Their vision, and ours, is a world without Alzheimer’s. More information can be found here.