The 4th annual Blondes versus Brunettes flag football match-up on Roosevelt Island this weekend is raising money to help those impacted by Alzheimer's Disease. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
Colleen Richards of Team Brunette can really zip that pigskin. She will play in the Blondes versus Brunettes flag football game again this year to honor her grandmother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease four years ago.
"It's been really helpful to see my friends, my family, kind of come together with donations to help out for my grandmother and others who are suffering from Alzheimer's," Richards said.
Sixty women are playing in the May 17 game at 6:30 p.m. at Roosevelt Island's Octagon Field, which benefits the Alzheimer's Association New York City Chapter.
The disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person's memory, ability to communicate and carry out daily activities. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated half a million people in the five boroughs either have Alzheimer's or are taking care of someone who does.
"It's a lot more than lost keys or forgetting what day it is. It is really, really devastating to the people and the caregivers who are taking care of those people," said Cassie Sklarz of Team Blonde.
The goal this year is to raise $130,000. Since the first game in 2011, more than $450,000 has been collected.
"It's just been an awesome way to raise awareness and funds for this cause that really doesn't get the attention that it deserves," said Kirsten Peissel of Team Blonde.
"We're playing a really great game in which we are meeting a lot of fun girls both blondes and brunettes. We're doing it to support great charity work and the community so it's fun all around," said Devin Homsey of Team Brunette.
Of course, this is a football game. The Brunettes have won the first three of these games. The Blondes say this year it's their turn.
"We have been hash-tagging blondes are going to win for a couple of weeks now," Sklarz said.
"We have nothing to lose at this point and we are looking pretty good this year so blondes are going to win," Peissel said.
But the brunettes remain confident.
"I'm going to have to say we are going for a four-peat," Richards said.
For more information on the big game, visit bvbnyc.org.