As awesome as a touchdown or a homerun is, no sports victory can be quite as valuable as making someone’s life a bit better. Tim Tebow has been in the center of American football and baseball, and he’s a valuable teammate both on and off the field.
The St. Vincent De Paul homeless shelter in Phoenix has been opening its doors for almost 40 years now.
Recently, they expanded and renovated the place to accommodate more homeless, disabled, and elderly.
Their newly re-developed area, the Ozanam manor, can now house up to 60 beds for anyone who needs them. Recently, the trophy-winning baseball champion decided that they needed some footwear for their residents too.
So he paid them a visit and made absolutely sure everyone he met got a pair of shoes. He brought 50 pairs with him and ran just short of all the people there who needed some. To rectify this, he took off the pair he was wearing and gave those up too.
Tebow is a champion of giving back too.
During his career as a professional football player, Tebow played for the Florida Gators and made quite the name for himself. He led the team’s home state to a record of 13-1, earning him an MVP title.
The 33-year old sports superstar also fights human trafficking, through the Tim Tebow Foundation.
As a devout Christian, Tim fights for those who are seen as property rather than children of God. He’s taken his philanthropy work towards fighting human trafficking and encourages people to help him in any way they can.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) September 21, 2020
With the tens of millions of people suffering under modern slavery, Tim can use all the help he can get.
In 2016 alone, the average estimate of people under modern slavery was as high as 40 million. Those are 40 million people with families of their own, being treated as property. Despite how modern and developed our world is now, not everyone is getting to enjoy it.
And this matters to him a whole lot more than winning the Superbowl, or any championship. When the baseball and football champ turned 33, the gift he asked for was to raise $500 in the fight against human trafficking.
Human Trafficking is a reality, & I’m asking that for my 33rd birthday this week that you join us so that together we can fight back. We have set a $500k goal which will go towards our 3 steps to fight Human Trafficking. Learn more & join us in the fight: https://t.co/1Jm8QXdfoh pic.twitter.com/p2todTHVJm
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 9, 2020
And it doesn’t stop there.
Tim is also an adamant helper of people with special needs. His Night to Shine proms for people with autism, Down Syndrome and any other learning difficulty are a prime feature on his website. They take place every year, with this year’s being a virtual one for safety reasons.
Today, is the last day of Down Syndrome Awareness month… but we’ll never stop honoring and loving all our Kings & Queens and future Kings & Queens. To all of our friends with Down syndrome: we love you, God loves you, and He created you for a unique plan & purpose! pic.twitter.com/wYFuQQ16KC
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) October 31, 2020
“Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On February 7, 2020, Night to Shine celebrated its sixth anniversary! On one night, 721 churches from around the world came together to host Night to Shine for approximately 110,000 honored guests through the support of 215,000 volunteers!”
Everyone deserves to feel like a champion in their life every now and then.
And who better to give them that opportunity than a multiple time football and baseball champ? Even a pandemic isn’t stopping him from granting that to kids across the world.
That’s a whole lot more impressive than scoring a touchdown or a home run. With millions of people affected by human trafficking and learning difficulties, Tim’s heart is in the right place.
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