Blondes, Brunettes Battle Alzhemier's
Earlier this year, Kristen Drake, W/WW Master Planning, Houston, and Emily Smith, Marketing, Houston, participated in the Alzheimer’s Association Blondes vs. Brunettes (BvB) Powder Puff Football Championship. Read Emily’s coverage of the championship game below. Photos courtesy of Quy Tran Photography.
On Saturday, April 30th, Kristen Drake and Emily Smith took the field at the University of Houston TDECU Stadium to defend the Alzheimer’s Association Blondes vs. Brunettes (BvB) Powder Puff Football Championship, which the Blondes secured last year. As a rookie, Kristen’s ability to haul in difficult passes and beat almost any coverage quickly earned her a reputation as a playmaker. Six weeks of practice had shaped her into one of the dominant receivers, and she helped the Blondes lead the first half of the championship game 22-6. Unfortunately, the Blondes came out flat during the second half and allowed the Brunettes to tie the score 26-26 late in the fourth quarter, forcing the game into the first-ever overtime (OT).
The Blondes won the OT coin toss and immediately took a 7-point lead. Plagued by a broken finger and a career-long inability to intercept a pass, Emily and the Blondes’ veteran-heavy defense lined up on the goal line. The Brunettes went 0-3, and had one more attempt to score when they ran a passing route to the corner of the end zone. “I am the best corner in the game!” Emily yelled, as she swatted the ball out of the hands of the Brunettes' receiver and saved the game for the Blondes.* Final score: 33-26! (*Emily says: I did not say that, Richard Sherman did.)
Kristen and Emily raised $3,300 to support the efforts of the Alzheimer's Association and Emily was inducted into the BVB Hall of Fame for raising more than $7,100 during her three-year career in honor of her Grandma. Together, the Blondes and Brunettes raised more than $272,500, making Houston the top fundraising game in the nation and the first game to ever surpass its $225,000 fundraising goal. The Blondes and Brunettes were also featured on Great Day Houston to help spread awareness.
Kristen is poised to have a breakout season in 2017. Emily had off-season finger surgery and will likely retire, without an interception, but with a legacy of protecting the Blondes’ house.
Thank you to the folks who cheered on the Blondes from the stands, as well as everyone from Freese and Nichols who donated to support the Alzheimer’s Association.
Photos courtesy of Quy Tran Photography.