Pitch for Detroit holds charity softball tournament


DETROIT – Pitch for Detroit will hold their day-long charity softball tournament on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Belle Isle for the fourth year in a row.

With the more than $200,000 that has been raised over the last three years, funds have gone toward rent subsidies, enabling young adults to move into the city, and micro-grants to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are dedicated to improving the city.

This year's Pitch will work to fund projects that empower young adults to support and strengthen the city through the Do It For Detroit Fund (Di4D). This year Di4D will sponsor a series of hands-on volunteer opportunities, bringing young adults into the city to work with organizations that are on the cutting-edge of both social change and reimagining Detroit.

The event will also be the site of the final Di4D micro-grant competition. It will be focused on health and wellness, and finalists will host information booths about their programs. Attendees at Pitch will cast votes to award three separate grants of $3,000, $1,000 and $500.

Organizers are holding an event in advance to help prepare for the big fundraiser. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, with Pitch IN for Detroit!, young adults from the Jewish Federation's NEXTGen Detroit, and teens from Summer in the city, will come together to help renovate Belle's Isle's baseball diamonds from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The group of about 100 volunteers plans on painting benches and fences and refurbishing the landscape in preparation for the tournament.

More than 600 people are expected to attend Pitch for Detroit. The event, which will have hot dogs, music and games, is free to people of all ages.

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