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Want $1 Million? Throw a Strike and You Could Win It


It can’t be that hard, right? On April 25-26 Walt Disney Studios will be holding a competition to potentially award one lucky (and very skilled) amateur pitcher with $1 million to promote their latest film “Million Dollar Arm.”

The premise is simple: throw a very fast strike. Competitors can enter at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, or at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day in New York City, and they will each have three shots to throw their fastest pitch. The three pitchers with the fastest throws from each location will proceed to the next round to compete for the grand prize. In that round, anyone who throws a 100 mph strike will go home with the $1 million. Piece of cake. There’s also the restriction that only non-professional pitchers can compete, so the winner will have to be an amateur.

But even if nobody can get that 100 mph strike, everyone who competes in either round will win something. All entrants will receive tickets to an advance screening of Million Dollar Arm, and the top nine who make it to the final round will get to hang out in Hollywood with movie stars, celebrities, and MLB players for the movie premier. Still a pretty good deal, if you ask me.

Considering I don’t think I could even throw a ball from the pitcher’s mound all the way to home plate, this is probably an event where I should stay on the sidelines. Is anyone planning on entering (or would like to enter if you’re outside the California, Florida, and New York regions)? Read the full rules then start warming up that arm. It could be you.