DENVER, Colo. — Being in the media spotlight comes hand-in-hand with being a professional athlete – something that Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow, has become accustomed to since being drafted by the Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft. Tebow, who entered the game against the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago in the final minutes trying to overcome a 15-0 deficit, rallied his team to an improbable 18-15 win in overtime, earning him a spot in the starting lineup against the Detroit Lions last week. Hoping to lead his team to their first consecutive and third overall win of the season, Tebow struggled and the Broncos suffered a 45-10 loss in Denver. This forgettable loss, along with Tebow’s unique in-game celebration, have brought him an enormous amount of scrutiny in the media.
Now known to many as “Tebowing,” Tebow will celebrate during a game by taking a knee, putting his head down, and praying. Similar to “planking” or “owling,” the “Tebowing” craze has inspired millions around the world to take a knee, snap a photo, and upload it to the web. Though many consider the new craze to be a blatant mockery of Tebow, he addressed the new fad on his Twitter saying,
“#Tebowing – to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different. Love it!”
An avid and outspoken Christian, Tebow has always strived to give back to his community and help those in need. As an undergraduate at The University of Florida (UF), Tebow, along with other students on campus, began “First and 15.” First and 15 was Tebow’s brainchild after NCAA regulations for student athletes prohibited him from launching his own foundation. First and 15 was run under the umbrella of the UF Office of Student Government, and allowed Tebow to rally hundreds of students and UF boosters to raise funds for various charities. Immediately following his four years as an athlete at UF, Tebow launched the Tim Tebow Foundation in January of 2010. According to the website, “The Foundation utilizes the public platform that God has blessed Tim Tebow with to inspire and make a difference in peoples lives throughout the world.”
While The Foundation supports causes other than these, the main four initiatives supported are:
The W15H Program – a partnership with Jacksonville, Fla., based Dreams Come True, was created to grant wishes for children who have life-threatening illnesses whose wish is to meet Tebow; CURE International – an organization helping children in developing countries who suffer from treatable physical disabilities; Timmy’s Playrooms – UF and First and 15’s program which creates playrooms in hospitals across the country that will, “serve as a place of Faith, Hope and Love to these very strong and courageous children,” according to the website, and finally, The Foundation supports Uncle Dick’s Orphanage in the Philippines.
Through the W15H Program, Tebow helped make 16-year-old Adam Hubbs’ dream come true. Hubbs, an avid sports fan who is known for his speed on his pee wee football team, dreamt of one day stepping out on a professional football field in front of thousands of fans. However, Hubbs was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening blood disorder in 2008, which shattered any hope that he would one day play in the NFL. Since Hubbs’ diagnosis, he has faced many struggles, including a coma that lasted five weeks and a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body.
Hubbs had always looked to Tebow as his hero and inspiration, and in June of 2011, he was able to meet Tebow at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The pair spent the afternoon playing catch, arcade games and exploring the complex. Tebow also invited Hubbs to be his guest this past Sunday at the Broncos home game.
Hubbs would finally get to take the field as he had always dreamed – this time alongside his hero.
Through the W15H Program, not only did Hubbs get to be on the field with Tebow during warm-ups, but he and his family also enjoyed the game from fantastic seats donated by the Broncos. Their arrival in Denver on Friday began with dinner and arcade games courtesy of Dave & Busters; dinner on Saturday was provided by Denver’s Hard Rock Cafe. Hubbs also enjoyed gifts from the W15H Program that included W15H travel luggage, a copy of Through My Eyes – Tebow’s book, a duffel bag provided by Nike, a gift card from Jockey and much more.
“It was so great to spend time with Adam again,” said Tebow. “I am amazed by his strength, determination and positive attitude.”
So while media continues to scrutinize Tebow as he grows into his role as Denver’s quarterback, we at The Good in Sports applaud him for making a difference not only in the life of Adam Hubbs, but also in the lives of the thousands he will reach through the Tim Tebow Foundation. We are proud to award Tim Tebow with a Gold Star and look forward to his successful career.
- To learn more about the Tim Tebow Foundation, please visit: http://www.timtebowfoundation.org/
- To view a video of Adam and Tim’s day together, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZkpPsn2IKc
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