Tim Tebow, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, has been a hot topic in the media for the past few months, otherwise known as “Tebow-Mania.” People are talking about both his skills and future as a quarterback, as well as his faith that he has never tried to hide. It seems that with all the fanfare, some people are really crazy about him and some people are really not.
All of that aside, we would like to talk about Tebow’s heart to reach out to kids through his organization the Tim Tebow Foundation which strives to “… inspire and make a difference in peoples lives throughout the world.” The foundation focuses on youth “…needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need” (Tim Tebow Foundation).
Tebow isn’t a stranger to giving his time to children, as he has been a part of several charities and organizations since college. He also volunteers for the Daniel Graham Foundation, founded by former Bronco, Daniel Graham. Recently, through Tebow’s foundation he has been inviting a young person with a serious medical condition to the Broncos game, at their expense.
Bailey Knaub’s Story:
16 year old Bailey Knaub was invited to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. When James Brown of NFL Today interviewed Tebow and Knaub, Bailey told him she met Tebow as a result of a letter Bailey’s cousin sent in about her story. Bailey says she has been a Tebow fan since he played in college.
Bailey was diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis at the age of seven. She has had 73 surgeries in the past 10 years, including the removal of a lung. Brown asked Bailey how she has dealt with all her health struggles and she answered,
It’s been difficult, but I’ve learned to deal with it. I’ve it since I was little, so I just try to stay positive through it all. And Tim just gave me somebody to look up to and was my hero and gave me the confidence to continue on.
For me to at least be able to encourage her, just be part of her life, that’s exciting for me. …. I know she’s said that I’m her hero, but that’s not true. She really gives me inspiration. She’s my hero. Ultimately, that’s what matters at the end of the day. Being able to have a relationship with someone like Bailey and be able to try to make an impact on peoples’ lives and that’s what it’s all about for me.
Zack McLeod’s Story:
20 year old Zack McLeod sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) while playing football his junior year of high school. Zack’s mother, Tammy said, “I just thought, ‘Zack and Tim have so much in common. I wonder if these two will ever meet?” She was referring to both Zack’s love for football and his strong faith.
Through Tebow’s foundation, Zack was invited to be Tebow’s special guest for the playoffs game in New England against the Patriots, where Zack lives in Boston. Zack had Zack and his family were elated about the opportunity to meet Tebow and his story appeared on USA Today the day before the game.
A different side of Tim Tebow. NFL Today. CBS Sports. Playoffs Interview with James Brown. January 14, 2012
Fan with Brain Injury Gets to Attend Big Game Courtesy of Tim Tebow. CBS Denver. January 14, 2012.
Article photo screenshot of CBS Sports interview, A different side of Tim Tebow with James Brown, January 14, 2012
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