Viral video of a blind teen’s perfect first pitch continues to inspire the nation

By Kim Martinez

It was four years ago in 2011 when Max Ashton, who is blind, threw out a perfect first pitch at an Arizona Diamondbacks game. The viral video of Max’s unforgettable moment is still as popular as ever and resurfaces every year as the country celebrates the start of baseball season.

Max is one of those people born to be in the spotlight. He has been to the White House, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and has been the subject of countless inspirational news stories. Also, thanks to Arizona’s Corporatate Tuition Tax Credit program, he attended one of the best high schools in the state – Brophy College Preparatory. Through the opportunity given to him from a school choice program, Max graduated in 2014 and is now attending Loyola Marymount University. Both Max and his father Marc, continue to show their appreciation for Arizona’s school choice programs that have helped Max succeed. They remain outspoken advocates for both the Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program and the Empowerment Scholarship Account program. Enjoy Max’s perfect first pitch!