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Homeschooling Works! Christian SuperAthlete, Tim Tebow

June 28, 2014       On Higher Ground
Homeschooling Works!  
NFL Pro Quarterback, Tim Tebow


“You can be well educated in the world’s eyes and still be a sorry person.
You can graduate with degrees and have no character.
Character defines who you are.” ~Bob Tebow



After every touchdown or score, Tim kneels down on the sideline then prays,
and it has for better or for worse been called 'Tebowing.'


Homeschooling

Most might think that schooling involves learning in an institutional environment where supposed  academic standards mold its students into better and more competitive individuals.  But unknown to most people, some of the best individuals who have excelled in their fields of endeavor were homeschooled by their parents.  Homeschooled kids turn out just fine, and sometimes become even more outstanding individuals than most would expect. 

It is not because an individual is an alumni of any particular educational institution that makes a student a successful person in life.  Good schools do give good students a better chance.  But homeschooling is as good, if not a better environment to raise a champion.  Like Tim Tebow.


Pro-Football Quarterback Tim Tebow


Ever seen NFL superstar, Tim Tebow make a touchdown pass?  He is among the best in the NFL, and what makes him special is that he wears his heart on his sleeve.  There are so many games when down several points, Tim rallies his team together and wins games.

His act of genuflecting in the sideline and making a short prayer, everytime he makes a touchdown, has even been given a monicker:  'Tebowing.'  It is not for show. 

Tim Tebow is an outspoken Christian athlete, who readily quotes from the Good Book during interviews, and when asked how he deals with stress, competition, adversity, acting as a role model for his team and fans, and of course dealing with success.

The Homeschooled Athlete

Unknown to most, Tebow is a homeschooled individual and he did not attend public school classes.  Fortunately for him growing up, a 1996 Florida law allowed  homeschooled students like Tim to play baseball, basketball, and football.  He attracted the national spotlight while playing on the Nease High School football team, which won the 2005 State Championship. Tim joined the Florida Gators in his college freshman year, the team that won the National Championship in 2006. As agents swarmed to his college to recruit him for the NFL with promises of fortune and fame, Tebow declined all offers and announced that he would rather return for his senior season at the University of Florida than go for the NFL draft.

Tim was the first underclassman ever to be awarded the Heisman Trophy for most outstanding player in collegiate football. Tebow won the Maxwell Award as the nation's top football player twice. And the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's best quarterback, and the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete in any sport.  Tim remains a stand-up good guy, in spite of all the accolades and his achievements. He reminds everyone that it isn't just him but primarily the Lord, his family, his coaches, and his teammates to thank for all their success as a team. He often quotes a verse from the Good Book (Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”) on Facebook and during sports interviews to explain where he draws his inspiration and will to win. And Tim wins big.

The world knows him as the genuflecting quarterback who prays after completing a touchdown pass or a winning play.


The Tim Tebow Bill

Inspired by Tim Tebow's success as an athlete and role model, an Alabama Senate bill was named after him. Senate Bill 305, a.k.a. the “Tim Tebow Bill,” would allow homeschooled students to participate in public and non-public school athletics. More states have followed suit. 

At least 24 states, mostly in the Bible Belt or Midwest, already have laws allowing homeschoolers equal access to athletic activities.  Tim has spoken in favor of homeschool students being able to play on public school teams. Tebow’s father said that if Florida law had not allowed homeschoolers to participate, he would not have enrolled Tim in public school just so that he could play football.


A rendering off a popular Tim Tebow pose for prayer, holding the foorball and meditating


Tim’s faith keeps him grounded and he accepts his responsibility to do good for the Lord, he often quotes  “To whom much is given, much is required,” when asked how he deals with adversity.  All of that incredible attitude and character, built in him by his parents through homeschooling.  The blessings that cometh after are God given.  Timothy is a name that means “honoring God.” 

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