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Tim Tebow skips spring training game for something much more important

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There aren’t too many good reasons to skip a day of practice or a spring training game when you’re a 30-year-old baseball prospect who’s trying to make the major league roster.

That being said, New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow absolutely had a good reason for skipping out on team activities on Saturday.

While some of his Mets teammates were losing a spring training game 1-0 to the Miami Marlins, Tebow was hosting his foundation’s annual fundraising gala and celebrity golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass.

And yes, some may frown on Tebow rubbing elbows with celebrities instead of honing his craft, but his cause is worth it. One hundred percent of the funds raised during the event will go to help children in need through the Tim Tebow Foundation.

“If you look at all of our initiatives, it’s for people that can’t fight for themselves,” Tebow told WJXT. “It’s for orphans. It’s for people with special needs. It’s for people that are lost, last or sick.”

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Suffice to say, Tebow’s baseball career will be but a small chapter in his life. The good he does and the help he provides for children in need will be a far grander chapter when it’s all said and done.

Besides, if his Twitter posts are any proof, Tebow spent far more time rubbing elbows with the children than he did with celebrities.

That’s not to say that there weren’t plenty of celebrities willing to help out with the worthwhile cause. Retired baseball stars Johnny Damon and Gary Sheffield were also in attendance, as was former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie. ESPN host Scott Van Pelt and college football coaches Dan Mullen and Urban Meyer were there as well.

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It wasn’t just sports celebrities helping to raise money, either. Television stars Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” were supporting the cause, in addition to “Duck Dynasty” stars Jase and Missy Robertson.

“I think what he does is amazing. He’s a great man with a great heart,” actor Kevin Sorbo, best known for his role on the television program “Hercules,” said about Tebow.

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“It’s fun for me. I enjoy it,” said Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen. “It’s always a reminder of how blessed I am, so I always try to give back when I can.”

“It’s humbling and it’s a blessing because it’s great to come back to where I grew up and where it’s still home for me,” Tebow said. “But at the same time, so many people from all walks of life are coming here, not just because of me, but because they believe in what we’re doing.”

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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