May 5 Flag Football Game Will Benefit Alzheimer’s Association

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By: 
Perry Hibner, Community Relations Specialist for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

Middleton High School and the Alzheimer’s Association are teaming up next month.

A Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game will be held on Sunday, May 5 at noon at  Breitenbach Stadium.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the stadium the day of the game. MHS DECA is helping promote the event and student volunteers will work the game along with members of the school’s Key Club.

The two teams are divided based on the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes, while increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among a new generation. If you’re wondering, redheads are free agents and will be permitted to play for the team of their choice. Funds raised will benefit the care, support, advocacy and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

The first Blondes vs. Brunettes game was held in Washington D.C. in 2005.  Since its inception, Blondes vs. Brunettes has expanded to games in Austin, Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and New York.  Together, Blondes vs. Brunettes have raised more than $2 million in an effort to tackle Alzheimer’s disease. 

“The Alzheimer’s Association Blondes vs. Brunettes is raising awareness and funds in an effort to stop this devastating and growing epidemic,’’ said Haley Boyle, captain for Team Blonde. “I became a caregiver in my late 20s for my mother with Alzheimer’s disease and that was certainly not what I was expecting at that age. I am excited to bring such a great event to increase awareness for others in a similar situation.  I want to Tackle Alzheimer’s and find better treatments for those with memory loss.”

Boyle said the goal is to raise $10,000.

Alzheimer’s disease is now the nation’s sixth leading cause of death.  As many as 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and this number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050.  In Wisconsin alone, there are 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s.  

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Their mission is 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.

To learn more about the Alzheimer's Assocation, please visit their national website. You can also visit the state website. For more information about the game, please contact Alzheimer's Association of South Central Wisconsin director Kari Paterson at 608-203-8500.

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