Neurocharity Softball

Thank you very much for visiting the Columbia University NeuroCharity Softball website. We trust that this site will give you a clear understanding of our goals and direction. Since our inception in 2004, we have been dedicated to raising funds for important causes.

Through a combination of basic laboratory studies and clinical data from the operating room, neurosurgeons at Columbia University are providing answers to the difficult problems faced by children and their families. Our program is actively involved in basic and translational research. In addition to world-class surgical care, physicians are pushing the frontiers of neurosurgery to provide safer treatments and better solutions to problems once deemed hopeless.

It is only with your financial support that we will be able to carry out meaningful research and advance our knowledge of these diseases. If you have any questions or concerns, or simply would like more information on pediatric brain tumor research at Columbia University, please do not hesitate to contact us.


2022 Tournament Details

18th Annual Neurocharity Softball Tournament

Date: TBD, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Location: North Meadow, Central Park, New York City

  • Enter 96th street entrance on either East or West side.
  • Tournament to be played on 8 fields on East side of North Meadow.
  • Divisional Games (8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
    • Division A – Field 5
    • Division B – Field 8
    • Division C – Field 9
    • Division D – Field 10
    • Division E – Field 6
    • Division F – Field 11
    • Division G – Field 12
    • Division H – Field 7

Post-Tournament Reception: TBD

Food and beverages with music and dancing!


Tournament Rules

Teams violating any of these rules will be immediately disqualified.

  • Eligible Players: Attendings, faculty, fellows, residents, and interns (MDs and/or PhDs) from the Department of Neurosurgery. Matched incoming residents are NOT allowed.
  • Game Rules:
    • 10 players on the field at any one time – only these 10 bat. No DH. If a team cannot field 10 players, they must forfeit that game.
    • Count starts at 1 ball and 1 strike.
    • Open substitutions allowed throughout the game.
    • Foul ball hit with 2 strikes is an automatic out.
    • Courtesy runners allowed.
    • No leading, stealing, or bunting allowed.
    • Slow-pitch (underhand motion and arc between 6 and 12 feet in height).
    • Division play World Cup-style – 3 points/win, 1 point/tie, 0 points/loss.
    • Tie Breakers: head to head, followed by runs allowed.
    • Top 2 teams from each division advance to the playoffs. If a team cannot compete in the playoffs, the next highest seed fills the position.
    • One umpire/field, except championship game, will have 2 umpires.
    • All teams play under their own liability and disability insurance.
    • No alcohol is allowed in Central Park.
    • All teams are responsible for cleaning up their respective areas.
  • Game Day: Round Robin games start at 8:30 a.m. SHARP.
    • Divisional games – 3 innings
    • 1st round Playoffs – 4 innings
    • 2nd round Playoffs – 4 innings
    • Semifinals – 5 innings
    • Championship – 5 innings
  • Spectators Welcome: Family, friends, anyone is welcome to come and watch the Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament teams play!

Participating Teams

Here is a list of all participating neurosurgery departments:


Sponsorship Opportunities

Hall of Fame Level Sponsorship / Sponsorship Level: $25,000

  • Prominent listing as “Hall of Fame Level” sponsor on printed and electronic event materials
  • Prominent listing as “Hall of Fame Level” sponsor at Central Park registration table
  • Verbal recognition announcement at post-tournament reception
  • VIP table at post-tournament reception
  • “Corporate-named” cocktail at post-tournament reception
  • Opportunity to contribute corporate merchandise (hats, wristbands, etc.) to players
  • Link to company website on tournament’s website sponsor page
  • Acknowledgment in tournament e-blast and AANS Neurosurgeon (publication to AANS membership)

MVP Level Sponsorship / Sponsorship Level: $20,000

  • Prominent listing as “MVP Level” sponsor on printed and electronic event materials
  • Prominent listing as “MVP Level” sponsor at Central Park registration table
  • Verbal recognition announcement at post-tournament reception
  • VIP table at post-tournament reception
  • Opportunity to contribute corporate merchandise (hats, wristbands, etc.) to players
  • Link to company website on tournament’s website sponsor page
  • Acknowledgment in tournament e-blast and AANS Neurosurgeon (publication to AANS membership)

All-Star Level Sponsorship / Sponsorship Level: $10,000

  • Prominent listing as “All-Star Level” sponsor on printed and electronic event materials
  • Prominent listing as “All-Star Level” sponsor at Central Park registration table
  • Verbal recognition announcement at post-tournament reception
  • Four tickets to post-tournament reception
  • Link to company website on tournament’s website sponsor page
  • Acknowledgment in tournament e-blast and AANS Neurosurgeon (publication to AANS membership)

Home Run Level Sponsorship / Sponsorship Level: $5000

  • Listing as “Home Run Level” sponsor on printed and electronic event material
  • Listing as “Home Run Level” sponsor at Central Park registration table
  • Two tickets to post-tournament reception
  • Verbal recognition announcement at post-tournament reception
  • Link to company website on tournament’s website sponsor page
  • Acknowledgment in tournament e-blast and AANS Neurosurgeon (publication to AANS membership)

Our Sponsors

The Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and Columbia University Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund wish to express sincere appreciation to the following companies for their support of the Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament.

  • Aloka Medical
  • Alpha Omega Co.
  • Baxter Biosurgery
  • Brainlab
  • Globus Medical
  • Integra Foundation
  • Medtronic
  • Synthes Anspach
  • Synthes CMF
  • Thieme
  • Zimmer Spine

Previous Champions

  • 2004 – Columbia University
  • 2005 – Columbia University
  • 2006 – University of Pennsylvania
  • 2007 – University of Pennsylvania
  • 2008 – Harvard University
  • 2009 – Columbia University
  • 2010 – Barrow Neurological Institute
  • 2011 – Barrow Neurological Institute
  • 2012 – University of Miami
  • 2013 – Barrow Neurological Institute
  • 2014 – Barrow Neurological Institute
  • 2015 – Barrow Neurological Institute
  • 2016 – University of Miami
  • 2017 – Vanderbilt University
  • 2018 – Barrow Neurological Institute

CME Course

Annual Andrew T. Parsa Memorial Symposium

Columbia University Department of Neurosurgery

"Practical Advice on How to be Successful in Residency, After Residency, and Life in General"

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

Agenda: TBD

Methods of Instruction:

  • Lecture
  • Open discussion, question/answer with panelists and audience

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize practical professional issues preparing for life after residency
  • Understand how to set up a specialty practice in neurosurgery
  • Understand methodology behind resident training

Volunteer Opportunities

Without the help of a generous group of volunteers every year, the Neurocharity Softball Tournament would not be possible. We welcome volunteers and encourage anyone interested to please contact Aileen Casanova at 212-305-7346 or email at ac2719@cumc.columbia.edu for more information.