Pitch for Detroit giving back to community

Softball tournament competing for bragging rights on Belle Isle, city is real winner

By Will Jones - Reporter

DETROIT - A charity softball tournament on Belle Isle is giving back to the community.

One hundred softball players from ten teams are on the field this weekend scoring runs for the city they love.

"It's fun. It's relatively easy and straight forward," said Pitch for Detroit organizer Amy Brody.

This is the fourth year for Pitch for Detroit, but it's the first year the charity softball tournament has been played inside the city limits.

Two weeks ago players came out to clean up the fields on Belle Isle for the tournament.

"We have been pitching for Detroit in Southfield for the past few years. We decided we can't pitch for Detroit without being in Detroit, so this year we decided to bring it to Belle Isle and let's make these ball parks beautiful for the entire city," said Adam Blanck.

Blanck along with a friend created this day-long annual softball battle as a way for the local Jewish community to give back.

The games may be for a good cause but the competition is fierce.

"I just hit it as far and hard as you can because no one wants to get in the way of it because we all have to work tomorrow, and the last thing you want to do is get hit," said player Justin Jacobs.

"Our technique is to put the best people on the field," said Vadim Avshalumov.

The softball tournament raises tens of thousands of dollars for several charities each year.

"We raise funds for various micro-grants that we distribute throughout the year. It's powered by Next Gen Detroit which is part of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit," said Brody.

The tournament players may be competing for bragging rights, but at the end of the day Detroit goes home with the trophy.

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