Tim Tebow wants to build a legacy greater than football


Czarina Ong


(Photo: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

As much as former National Football League (NFL) player Tim Tebow loves football, there is something he loves and values more – and that is his charity work.

“Everyone needs to do something greater than themselves, to do something for other people,” he told PEOPLE. “That’s why we’re here; that’s why we’re always looking for more ways that the Foundation can help others. I want to build a legacy that is greater than football.”


Tebow founded the Tim Tebow Foundation back in 2010 in hopes of sharing “Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.”

And the football player’s vision for those in need just keeps on growing – his non-profit organisation now offers Adoption Aid and Orphan Care. Their W15H programme grants the wishes of sick teens, and the charity also put up a five-storey hospital in the Philippines. Another branch of the charity is Timmy’s Playroom, where they set up play areas in different hospitals to provide fun and relief to terminally ill children.

Just recently, they started the Night to Shine Prom where they treat children with special needs to a night of fun and laughter. The prom, in particular, is very special to Tebow and he was moved to tears after attending it.

“I had a mother come up to me and say, ‘My daughter will never get married. She will never have children. But for this one night during the prom, she was a princess.’ That just blew me away. That’s why I do what I do. That’s why this is my passion,” he said.

Tebow added that charity work is a big part of who he is and he has promised never to stop doing it.

Of course, Tebow still finds the time to train for his other passion, which is football, and he hopes that more opportunities will open for him in the future.

“Football really means a lot to me,” he said. “I wouldn’t work as hard as I do if I didn’t care so much about it. I train about six days a week. I’m training at the same intensity as I did when I was playing football. I’ve done it for my entire life and I love it. I try to be active and to keep my body in the best shape I can possibly be in.”


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10 Responses to “Tim Tebow wants to build a legacy greater than football”

  1. ck says:

    That is why so many fans care b/c he does…GO TEBOW!!!

  2. brandi says:

    This may be of some interest to some here. In the surveys on Tim, one of the questions asked was what affect, if any, the “Tebow Bills” going through various State Legislatures has had on people’s opinion toward him. (These surveys are a cross-section of US Consumers. Not specifically Football Fans at this point.)

    33% More Favorable 11% Less Favorable 56% No Difference

  3. andrea says:

    Another good article. His religious faith drives the mainstream sports media up a freakin wall.

    • ck says:

      You’re are right Andrea and he goes about it as if the naysayers don’t exist b/c he is on a MISSION!!! Probably does irritate them to no end, ha, ha! Obstacles are no problem when you are TEBOW!!!

  4. Ella says:

    This is why I support the TT Foundation and Tim Tebow will always be my hero. God bless you Tim and may your efforts always be a beacon of light and faith to this world.

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