Every November since 2005, women gather at George Washington University to take to the gridiron. The teams, Blondes vs. Brunettes, compete for not only glory but to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. The squads are divided by hair color (though it doesn’t have to be natural hair color) and all participants must fundraise money in order to play.
The event has expanded to include 17 city chapters and has raised more than $2 million.
One of the local participants is Danielle Miller.
An avid soccer player and friend of the Washington, D.C. event chair, Miller joined the brunette squad in 2011.
“It’s such a great idea to combine competitive events with a great cause,” Miller said.
And Miller is taking that idea into play for her own individual fundraiser.
For her fundraising, Miller, in conjunction with the Dulles SportsPlex in Sterling, is hosting a Blonde vs. Brunette soccer tournament Oct 20.
Despite the name, these teams aren’t divided by hair color. The 14-team coed tournament will be a six vs. six format and two of the six players at any given time must be female.
Miller plays several times a week at the SportsPlex and thought a sports event to raise money would be a nice change from the usual dinner or social events put on by her teammates.
“I wanted to do something different,” Miller said. “And I’ve been involved in sports all my life.”
In addition to the tournament itself, the event will feature raffles for D.C. United gear and Military Bowl tickets.
Miller thinks that thus far, planning for the event has gone smoothly and hopes the tournament itself will run similarly.
Registration has been extended through Oct. 12. There is a two-game minimum guarantee and games will last 45 minutes each. The cost is $260 per team.
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