Who has more fun? Blondes or Brunettes? That rivalry will be put to the test…on the football field. This fall, two teams of women, divided to reflect the age-old rivalry of Blondes/ Brunettes, will take the field to raise money, awareness, and create action for Alzheimer’s research.
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Alzheimer’s Association’s RivALZ (originally started as Blondes vs. Brunettes®) is a flag football game held nationwide in over 50 cities. Washington, DC is recognized as the founding chapter for the BvB event (talk about being an OG!). Since their establishment in 2005, the National Capital Area Chapter of BvB has raised over $1 million. Both teams are tackling the fight to end Alzheimer’s together.
DC FRAY reppin’ too!… I spy a DC Fray shirt! A few of our DC Fray friends are players/ coaches for BvB.
But wait, what if you’re reading this and thinking, “I don’t have blonde or brunette hair so that means I can’t play”? Actual hair color doesn’t matter! Blondes, brunettes, redheads, and any other hair color are welcome to choose their team. Both teams consist of female players/male (and now female!) coaches. Team members fundraise their way to be eligible to play on game day. They also partake in a service day for ALZ. By participating in RivALZ players, coaches, and superfans will increase their network and enhance their athletic skills– all while raising money for Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter
Funds raised from the RivALZ event will assist families with education/support resources regarding Alzheimer’s and further spearhead pivotal research studies into methods for treatment and prevention leading to finding a cure. RivALZ also provides a policy platform to be able to advocate for the needs and rights for those facing the disease.
Ready to see some trick plays and end zone celebrations? (Think Baker Mayfield, 2 point- conversion catches and Minnesota Vikings’ Duck Duck Goose routine celebrations here!) Team Blonde and Team Brunette have been practicing weekly to put it all out on the field on game day. You won’t want to miss it.
The 14th Annual flag football game will be held on Saturday, November 17th at Catholic University (Cardinal Stadium) at 1 PM. Varnum St NE, Washington, DC 20017.
A minimum $25 donation to your team or player of your choice gets you entrance into the game. Children 12 and under get in for free. Sponsors receive complimentary tickets. There will be a pregame tailgate, family activities, food truck, DJ, and an after-party at Southern Hospitality (1815 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009) to celebrate!
Check out the 2017 highlight video to get a sneak peek of what this year’s festivities will include plus more. Last year, the Washington, DC chapter raised over $50,000!
Want to contribute, but can’t make it to the big game? Want to try new spots in DC while supporting the cause? Follow the Blondes vs. Brunettes® Washington DC Instagram(@bvb_dc) and Facebook (@BlondesvsBrunettesDC) pages to see the fundraisers and events happening around the DMV area! This Saturday, October 13th, both teams are joining forces on the National Mall to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Events up next: Join members of Team Blonde and Team Brunette at their hosted happy hours and events. You can also make a donation on the RivALZ website for your team of choice or player!
– November 6- Karaoke Night, Ireland’s Four Courts in Arlington, 6 PM,2051 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
– October 14- Boozy Brunch, Caddies on Cordell in Bethesda, 11-3: 30 PM, 4922 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
– October 17- BvB Trivia Night, Solly’s U Street Tavern, 8-11 PM, 1942 11th St NW, Washington DC 20001
Who is going take the cup home? Blondes or Brunettes? Come cheer on the teams and find out.
Interested in learning more? Decided you want to take the field as a player, coach, or even a superfan on game day?? You still have time! Visit the BvB website or email [email protected].
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