Team Blonde is looking for a three-peat.

But if Team Brunette has its way, they’ll be taking home the trophy.

The rivals will face off Friday in a flag football fundraiser for the Nebraska chapter of the Azheimer’s Association.

The Omaha showdown is in its third year and open to the public. Teams will play four 15-minute quarters. They’ll play by flag football rules: no tackling or throwing elbows. At halftime, youth cheerleaders and dancers will perform.

Redheads can get in on the action, too — they’re free agents, though this year there are none playing.

Organizers hope to raise about $33,000 through ticket sales and fundraising efforts; players are encouraged to raise at least $500 by game day.

Last year’s game brought in about $14,000, said Megan Myers, development specialist with the Nebraska chapter of the association.

“They’re a great group of women who are really dedicated to raising funds and awareness,” Myers said. “Many of these women don’t have that personal connection, but they understand the importance of raising awareness and funds.”

Carly Snider’s main motivation on the field is her grandmother, Vertie Lee. Lee has been living with Alzheimer’s for a decade.

But Snider, co-captain of Team Blonde, is also playing for the patients she cares for at House of Hope Alzheimer’s Care in Omaha.

“Before, people thought it was an old person’s disease. It can happen earlier and earlier,” Snider, 39, said. “It doesn’t matter what your education is. It doesn’t matter what your background is. It doesn’t matter if you’re the most healthy person in the world.”

Snider has participated in the fundraiser since it started. And this year, she has another rival. Her husband, Bob Snider, is a coach for the opposing brunettes.

“Ultimately it’s fun,” Snider said. “It’s all about bringing awareness and money.”

Brooke Schrock, 36, has watched enough football, but the co-captain of Team Brunette had a lot to learn before stepping onto the field.

The teams, each with about 20 players, have put in six practices before the big game. Since many haven’t played before, coaches walked them through the basics: learning offense and defense, and trying out each position.

“There is a lot to learn, even if you keep it simple,” Schrock said. “Our time is limited as far as practice goes, but it’s super fun, too.”

kelsey.stewart@owh.com, 402-444-3100, twitter.com/kels2


If you go

What: Blondes vs. Brunettes, a flag-football fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Where: Off the Wall Indoor Soccer, 6950 S. 110th St.

Cost: $10 donation. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the game.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story listed a different location for the game. Organizers have since moved the game to Off the Wall Indoor Soccer.

 

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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