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Published On: Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014

‘Million Dollar Arm’ pitching contest begins tryouts in Anaheim, New York, Orlando

Just ahead of their new film, Disney is offering up to $1 million in a new pitching contest.

PRESS RELEASE: Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the nation a chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest.  

WHERE:   Amateur baseball pitchers—male or female, who are legal United States residents at least 18 years of age or older—are invited to qualify to compete in the preliminary rounds of the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest at one of the following locations:

Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida

Disneyland® Resort in California

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City

WHEN:  

  • Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif.:  April 25 and 26, 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida at Walt Disney World®:  April 25 and 26, 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  • Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City: April 26 only, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHAT HAPPENS:  

  • Contestants will throw three pitches, each tracked by a radar gun, in an attempt to throw the fastest pitch.
  • All participants will receive tickets for themselves and a guest to see an advance screening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” at an AMC Theatres location later that evening.
  • The top three eligible pitchers with the fastest pitches from each qualifying round location will be flown with his or her guest to compete for the $1 million in the final contest, which will take place at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, Calif., on May 6. 
  • The nine finalists and their guests will be VIPs at the film’s premiere along with stars, filmmakers, major league players, coaches, scouts and celebrities. Official rules are available on Disney.com’s “Million Dollar Arm” homepage at http://disney.com/PitchingContest.

WHAT ELSE:

  • In addition to the chance to win $1 Million, all nine of the finalists will win a $500 gift package from Rawlings, a gift package from Under Armour and tickets to the ESPY Awards. 
  • JB Bernstein will offer the fastest pitcher of the nine finalists – whether they win the $1 Million or not – the opportunity to sign a contract with his management company, so they definitely have a chance to be discovered.
  • Special guest in Orlando: Tom “Flash” Gordon (3-time MLB All Star, World Series Champion and 1998 Saves Champion)
  • Special guest in Anaheim:  7-foot center for the Orlando Magic, Nickola Vucevic, who was a first round draft pick out of USC. Vucevic will actually enter the contest to pitch.
  • Special guest in New York: TBD

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