Love him or hate him, Tim Tebow will always be one of the most motivational athletes to date. Despite having faced some issues that has made his NFL career quite rocky, Tebow has also been known for his dominance which he largely attributes to his faith in God. The recent issues in his career have not stopped him from continuing on being an inspiration to all around him, especially to children. Here are some reasons why he is just as awesome outside the stadium as he is on the inside.
When He Played Football with a 4-year Old Leukemia Patient
Preston Winslow, a 4-year-old boy who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia received what could be the best gift in his life when Tim Tebow invited him over for some football. Winslow was first diagnosed with the deadly disease back in 2010 but, despite this, Tebow has always been the boy’s idol.
Friends and family did what they can to contact the football star, who was, fortunately, quick to respond. Celeste Winslow, the boy’s mother, said that the call from Tim himself came as a surprise as they did not expect a response to be that quick. Of course, Preston played with his idol like there was no tomorrow with his mother even saying that the boy was full of energy and did not want to stop, reports Huffington Post
When He Took a Colorado Girl with a Tumor on a Date
Ten-year-old Presli Collins had been battling neurofibromatosis, a condition where tumors form in the brain, spinal cord, and under the skin. This condition has made her undergo numerous excruciating surgeries. While she was in such pain, she was able to put her medical nightmare behind her for one night when Tim Tebow called her himself and asked her for a date.
When Tebow learned about the suffering of one of his fans, he reached out to Presli to invite her to Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game Awards. The happy pair spent the whole evening rubbing elbows with celebrities and made her feel like a princess. Presli walked away with an autographed football and a huge smile on her face.
When He Built Hospitals for Disabled Kids
At Tebow Cure Hospital in Davao City, Philippines, there is a mural of Jesus Christ surrounded by children with one of them appearing to be disabled. Above it is a bible verse that says “Suffer the children to come unto me for the kingdom of heaven belongs to these.”
This verse is the mission for all of Tebow Cure hospitals all around the world, which are charity hospitals built for pediatric orthopedics. Inquirer writes that Tim Tebow always had a heart for disabled children as a childhood friend of his who had a club foot was bullied and, at one point, was even said to be possessed by the demon. Tim Tebow himself was actually born in Manila to parents who did a lot of missionary work in Mindanao during that time.
When He Went Back to His Hometown to Inspire People
Tebow, a Jacksonville native, recently visited his hometown where he was greeted with rounds of applause at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, where he spoke as a part of the Florida Forum speaker series.
There, he shared about formative moments in his life with the hope of inspiring people so they could recognize the needs of others. He talked about Sherwin, a disabled boy he met in the Philippines on a mission more than a decade ago. When Tebow saw the boy, who had been mocked and ridiculed for his disabilities, he lifted him up and embraced him to which he says that “What I wanted to do with my life was fight for people who could not fight for themselves.”
When He Answered Stephen A. Smith’s Dumb Question With a Motivational Speech
Of course, Tim Tebow’s new athletic path in baseball has raised a lot of eyebrows and when he was asked about it on Stephen A. Smith’s “First Take,” he dropped what could be the best speech one could hear ever.
“Well, it’s fine if they look at me and say that’s what I should be doing, but they’re not me,” said the former Denver Broncos star. He also adds that dreams are based on something that is in your heart that are passions that are something that you want to go to try and not chances. Fair enough, he is actually getting the hang of his new baseball career as reports say that he has recently made his first hit.