MANCHESTER, NH – At 14, Christopher Duffley’s gangly arms and deeper registers are a dead giveaway that our little hometown prodigy is growing up.
But when he took the field Aug. 17 at Fenway Park – his third appearance there to sing the National Anthem – Duffley’s patriotic bow tie and boyish spirit proved that this young singer hasn’t lost his joy of performing.
Christopher, a student at Parkside Middle School, is an accomplished musician who plays multiple instruments. He’s also autistic, and blind since his premature birth in May of 2o01.
Christopher’s first public performance was as a first grader at Northwest Elementary School when he sang the Star Spangled Banner at a Memorial Day Assembly in front of his classmates, their families and many Veterans.
Since that time he has sung the national anthem at sporting events, fundraising events for autism, local non-profits such as New Horizons, Salvation Army and Easter Seals, as well as bringing joy to nursing homes and church events. Christopher performed the National anthem at Fenway Park in July 2011 and Sept. 2013, and at NASCAR racing (Sept. 2011).
Click the video above courtesy of MLB and experience the joy of Christopher Duffley.
You can learn more about Christopher at his website, Vision of Hope.
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