Last year I was fortunate enough to be a part of a really cool event that involved football, the color purple, and charity. It was the very first year Akron was able to hold such an event , and I was lucky enough to be a part of it.
What in the world am I talking about?????
Blondes Vs Brunettes Powder Puff Football, that’s what!!!!
This super fun event was created with one purpose in mind: help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, a disease that I, unfortunately, know way too much about first hand. As most of my readers know, my grandmother Bubu has been fighting a losing battle with this disease for over a decade, and while it has been crippling to her, it has also been very crippling to our family. Each one of us has been forced to deal with this disease in our own way, yet we all have been able to come together to volunteer and participate in the events that the Association has to help raise funding toward research and to help find a cure to such a nasty, nasty disease. Each year we have one of the largest teams at the Boardman area Memory Walk, an event that raises thousands and thousands of dollars every single year. It is an honor to be a part of such a cool event and to walk with Bubu’s Bunch. We also are active participants in the Forget Me Not Gala each spring…an event where my mother was honored as the Inspiration Award Winner a few years back. Still so proud of you, Mom!
When I was approached last year about participating in the newly created Blondes Vs Brunettes football game, I didn’t think twice about signing up. You’re telling me I get to break out my competitive side AND raise money for a charity that means so much to me???? Yes, please! The game was an absolute blast….not only did the Brunettes win, but the Association raised over $10,000! Yeah, buddy!
Naturally, when I was approached this year about not only hopping back into my wide receiver role on Team Brunette, but serving as one of the two captains, I was all in. I mean, I even participated in a flag football league this fall to help me prepare! The big game is May 31st, and I hope all of my readers mark that on their calendar and plan to attend! We also have a big kick off event coming up on March 21st at Gone Country Bar in downtown Akron….if you come and hang with us, you get lots of pizza, mechanical bull rides, and a ticket to the game for only $10! Yahtzeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Come to the game to have a good time, but know that your attendance means so very much to all of us. Yes, I am playing for my Grandmother, who I wish desperately could be there cheering me on and yelling my name like she used to at my high school and college games. I am also playing because I never want a family to feel what my family and so many families have felt due to Alzheimer’s. It is a disease that breaks your heart every single day, and it is a helpless feeling to not be able to find a solution. Fortunately, my Blonde and Brunette pals and I are working extremely hard to raise money to help find a cure. The game will no doubt be a blast, but the strides we all are making toward an end to this disease is really what calls for a celebration. We may enter that game as two separate teams wanting to win that shiny trophy, but we all end up as winners with your support.
If you would like to make a donation to me or if you want to read more about the event itself, please visit http://www.bvbakron.org. You can also find out more information about other fun events, like the kick off party I mentioned earlier!
Thank you all so much for your continued support. You really have no idea what it means to my family and to me.
I look forward to seeing you all at the big game on May 31st!