• Wednesday, August 15, 2018

  • 6:00 PM: Registration Opens

  • 6:30 PM: Games Begin

  • The Corner Ball Park, Detroit

When the sun goes down on August 15th, the competition heats up at Pitch Under the Lights

Make a team, lace up those kicks and take the field for an evening of kickball and other field games run by our friends at Come Play Detroit — all to raise money for Brilliant Detroit. NEXTGen Detroit is taking its annual kickball tourney and bringing it to “the old Tigers’ Stadium” for one night only.

Don’t want to play, but want to support?

Pitch Under the Lights is a great night for players and spectators alike! Come cheer on your favorite team and enjoy food, music and more!

Players get dinner on us,  and there will be food for purchase for spectators. Dietary laws observed.

Venue and Parking Info

The Corner Ball Park (formerly Tiger Stadium) is located at 1680 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216. Free, secure parking is available in the lot adjacent to the field at the corner of Fisher Service Dr. and Cochrane St. in Detroit. After Pitch, everyone is invited to celebrate at McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey located right next to the field at 1460 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216. McShane’s will donate 10% of sales from Pitch players and fans to Brilliant Detroit, and they’re giving us their entire patio to spread out on!


Thinking about forming or joining a team for Pitch? Awesome! Here’s what you need to know…

  • Teams need a minimum of 12 players
  • Each player is asked to donate $25 to the cause
  • Each team is asked to raise a minimum of $500 for the cause, and you’ll get points to toward winning the tournament depending on the total your team can fundraise
  • In addition to kickball, field games will include hula hoop, tug of war, sack races, fowling and corn hole
  • You get a Pitch Under the Lights jersey…and you get to keep it forever!
  • And dinner is on us for all players (dietary laws observed)

How do you win? Glad you asked. Here’s the point structure for this year’s tournament:

Field Games Points

  • 5 points for winning team
  • 3 points for second place team
  • 2 points for third place team
  • 1 point for fourth place team

Fundraising Points

  • 5 points for teams that raise $500 in total
  • 5 additional points if your team raises $1000 (you’d earn 10 points in total here)

Spectator Points

  • 5 points if you bring in the most spectators
  • 3 points for second place in spectators
  • 2 points for third place in spectators
  • 1 point for fourth place in spectators

Kickball Points

  • 10 points for winning team
  • 5 points for each team in a tie
  • 0 points if your team loses

Pitch Under the Lights is thrilled to name Brilliant Detroit as our cause this year!

All funds raised by players and spectators will go directly to this incredible organization and its literacy programming.

About Brilliant Detroit

Brilliant Detroit is dedicated to building “kid success” families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy and stable. They do this by providing proven programming and support year round out of their Brilliant Detroit houses in high-need neighborhoods.

Literacy is a core pillar of Brilliant Detroit and deeply tied to a vision of a Detroit where all children are ready for school and reading at grade level by 3rd grade. Only 14% of Detroit students are reading at grade level by 3rd grade and, because this is the pivotal point where students move from learning to read into reading to learn, their success in school and life depends on their literacy abilities.

About Brilliant Detroit's Literacy Program

Brilliant Detroit has 75 organizational partners that conduct evidence-based programming our sites, and many of these organizations have a literacy focus. Examples of our literacy programs include: ABC Mouse, Family Reading Journey, Individual Tutoring, LENA Start, Pathways to Literacy, Play and Learns, Raising a Reader and Reading is Fundamental. You can learn more about all of these programs here.

Through engaging families in these evidence-based programs and others like them and by coordinating these services to meet the self-described goals of participants, Brilliant Detroit builds kid success neighborhoods with, for and by neighbors.

Pitch Under the Lights Leadership

  • Zack Slabotsky, Abby Rubin and Blair Schwartz
  • Pitch Under the Lights Event CoChairs


  • Ryan Landau
  • NEXTGen Detroit President


  • Adam Blanck
  • NEXTGen Detroit President-Elect


  • Ilana Block
  • NEXTGen Detroit Immediate Past President

  • Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

  • 6:00 PM: Registration Opens

  • 6:30 PM: Games Begin

  • The Corner Ball Park, Detroit

Hospitality Sponsor

Presented by