MANILA, Philippines — Football great and college football analyst Tim Tebow opened a children’s hospital in the Philippines on Wednesday through his non-profit charitable organization known as the Tim Tebow Foundation.
“From a very early age, my parents instilled in me the importance of God’s word, the salvation we have in His Son Jesus and the responsibility we have to give back to others,” Tebow writes on his foundation website. “That’s why in 2010, I was so excited to create the Tim Tebow Foundation with a mission to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.”
While the Tebow CURE Hospital—one of the missions of the Tim Tebow Foundation— will have its grand opening in the spring, it opened its doors this week after receiving its official operating license and has begun to help Filipino children in need of medical care.
“I was born in the Philippines while my parents served as missionaries, and I have always had a great love and passion for the Filipino people,” Tebow said in a statement. “It is so exciting to be able to provide healing and care for these incredibly deserving children halfway around the world.”
The five story hospital is said to hold 30 beds, and over 50 staff members will be working at the location to assist children with orthopedic conditions such as club foot and bowed legs, as well as cleft palate and other physical abnormalities. Tebow CURE Hospital, built in conjunction with CURE International, has been in the works for the past three years, and was completed in September.
“The opening of the Tebow CURE Hospital is the fulfillment of long-held dreams and many prayers,” said Dale Brantner, President and CEO of CURE International. “We are excited to partner with the Tim Tebow Foundation to bring healing to the children of the Philippines in Jesus’ name.”
In 1987, while a missionary in the Philippines, Tebow’s mother Pam contracted a life-threatening disease from unsanitary drinking water. Pam, being pregnant at the time, was advised to abort her unborn child, as doctors believed that the medication she needed to recover would cause serious damage to her baby. Pam refused, and months later she gave birth to a completely healthy baby boy. His life story was shared during an advertisement called “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life,” which ran during the 2010 Super Bowl.
In his early 20’s, Tebow became one of the most talked about athletes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and is the first college sophomore in history to win a Heisman trophy. He has played for both the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, and currently serves as a college football analyst.
Tebow, who is outspoken about his faith in Christ, has also been recognized for his popular prayer pose known to fans as “Tebowing,” in which he goes down on one knee, and then raises his fist to his forehead as he bows to acknowledge God on the football field. Tebow has also been known in years past for inscribing Bible verses on his face with eye black, such as John 3:16 or Ephesians 2:8-10. His practice has sparked the curiosity of many, who have then Googled the Scriptures.