As part of the Dream Come True program, Tebow meets with 13-year-old Ryley after the Broncos beat the Chiefs. (Patrick Smyth/Denver Broncos)

Tebow Talks About Hospital Project, Life Beyond Football


Despite how you feel about football, when it comes down to it, it’s just a game.

That’s why Tim Tebow is using his orange and blue pigskin pedestal to make the lives of others better.

It was announced that CURE International and the Tebow Foundation will be partnering to build a 30-bed children’s hospital in the Philippines. It is slated to open in 2013.

“We’re just trying to make a difference in kids’ lives and brighten their day,” Tebow said after Wednesday’s practice. “I know this is a big game leading up, and I know this is a big practice today, but ultimately that might be the coolest thing I’m doing this week.”

Tebow was born in the Philippines and started his foundation in January 2010 to help improve the lives of children around the world who are less fortunate.

Throughout the season, Tebow has also been a part of the Dream Come True organization which gives children who are “seriously, chronically, and terminally ill” the chance to fulfill one of their dreams. For every game this season, Tebow has met with one kid before and after each game to talk, take pictures, and share his NFL game day experience with them. In turn, these kids show Tebow a thing or two about life as well.

“It puts things into perspective because ultimately we’re playing a game,” Tebow said. “If you can change someone’s life, or put a smile on someone’s face, or give someone hope at least for a few minutes, ultimately you’re doing something that’s worthy of success in your life. Not just playing a game.”

As much as you may disagree with how Tebow plays on the field, how he conducts himself off of it is nothing short of respectable.

He’s improving the Denver Broncos (3-1 since being named the starting quarterback), and he’s improving the lives of those around him. That scores more points than any touchdown will ever give him.

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