RivALZ Tallahassee: Blondes vs. Brunettes

This Saturday is the 5th year anniversary of The Alzheimer’s Association RivALZ: Blondes vs. Brunettes® game in Tallahassee. The Big Game will be held at Florida State University School (otherwise known as “Florida High”) on May 19, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.


Courtney Starling runs the football down the field.

Two teams of women – divided to reflect the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes – will compete in a flag football game to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease through the support of friends, families and fans.


Kate Widness, Courtney Starling and Jossie Barroso (from left to right) plan for the next play.

Many of the players and coaches have a personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease. 

Kate Widness was one of the original players from the inaugural game five years ago. Why does she continue to play year after year?

“My grandmother was diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease about five years ago. Since then, my mother has been her sole caretaker. Fortunately, my grandmother’s progression has been slow, but seeing the effects it has had on her and my mother has been truly eye opening to how awful this disease is on families. So I play for both my nonnie and my amazing mom.”

In 2017, the women of RivALZ were able to exceed their $20,000 goal by $3,000! This year, the goal is set even higher to $30,000.

More Game Info:

Tickets are available for purchase for $10 from any player, coach, or the Alzheimer’s Association staff for your admission to the game at Florida High! Children 12 and under may attend free of charge.


Coach Sam McCray huddles with Tori Richmond, Annette LeFranc and other players on Team Brunette.

What happens game day? Gates open at 4:30pm and the game starts at 5:30 pm. Fans can support their favorite team by sporting their colors. Handmade signs, bells and noise makers are encouraged so fans can cheer their team on to victory! Family friendly/children’s activities, special guests and more will occur prior to and during the game.


Thank you to our fantastic Community Sponsors!

Pope’s Pines

Clarity Pointe Tallahassee

Visiting Angels of Tallahassee



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s