About the League

RivALZ Blondes vs. Brunettes® Lafayette is a volunteer-driven event that raises awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Two teams of women — divided to reflect the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes — compete in a flag football game to help tackle Alzheimer’s disease in our community. Leading up to Game Day, the teams participate in a series of events to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s, truly creating a community event. This year will mark the fourth annual RivALZ Blondes vs. Brunettes® event in Lafayette, Louisiana. 

Interested in participating in or sponsoring RivALZ Lafayette? Contact Adrienne Mullens at asmullens@alz.org for more information.

Or, take the first step today by registering to play or volunteer. Once you register, you will have access to a wide range of tools and support through your Participant Center, ensuring a rewarding experience that will help you succeed in the fight to end Alzheimer’s!

The funds raised by RivALZ Blondes vs. Brunettes 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.

League History

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.