What is RivAlz-Blondes vs. Brunettes?
RivALZ – Blondes vs. Brunettes is a volunteer-driven event that raises awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter. Two teams of women – divided to reflect the age-old rivalry between Blondes and Brunettes – compete in a flag football game to help end this devastating disease.
Is there more information available about the program or association?
Yes, please visit the Blondes vs. Brunettes Facebook page (facebook.com/bvbbuffalo) or the Alzheimer’s Association, WNY Chapter’s website (alz.org/wny).
What does RivAlz support?
RivALZ supports the Alzheimer’s Association mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Do I have to be an experienced flag football player to participate?
No! Coaches with experience in football or flag football are recruited to work with the teams.
What is required to be a player?
You need to be female, attend the minimum required practices (as set by the coaching staff), and attend wrap-around events including Kick-Off Party, Draft Party, Game Day and Victory Party. In order to play in the game, each player must raise a minimum of $300 (and pay the $50 registration fee) by Draft Day.
Is there an age limit?
Blondes vs Brunettes is open to all women 21 years of age and older.
What if I am a redhead, or other hair color, and want to participate?
You are considered a Free Agent! Free Agents have their choice of which team they would like to play on.
How do I achieve my fundraising goal so I can participate?
Check out our fundraising ideas and guide on the Tips and Tools page. These tools can walk you through the simple steps to achieve your goal.
Can men participate?
Absolutely! Although the spotlight belongs to the women, teams often encourage men to join their coaching ranks, work as game day announcers or officials, or even fill out the cheerleading squad. Anyone who works as a coach is required to reach the same fundraising minimums as players.
Questions? Please contact Lynn Westcott at Lwestcott@alz.org