Quarterback Tim Tebow has become one of the most publicized figures in sports and while he’s been covered by outlets from People Magazine to NBC’s Saturday Night Live to Sports Illustrated, the aspect of the popularity that he appreciates most is the ability to positively affect the lives of others.
At every Broncos game throughout the 2011 season, Tebow has hosted an individual who has been fighting an illness or gone through personal adversity.
“I definitely think about the platform that I’ve been blessed with, but I think about it in a way of how can I make the most of this platform as far as giving back,” Tebow said. “That’s why my foundation is trying to do what we’re doing building a hospital in the Philippines and our Wish 15 program.”
Each week through the W15H program, Tebow brings families of those individuals who have fought medical hardships trips to Denver or the city that the Broncos are playing in. The trips include transportation, hotel and meals. Tebow meets with the participant, who is chosen through his foundation, before and sometimes after the game. The program provides the families with tickets to the game, pregame sideline passes, W15H luggage and gifts from Jockey and Nike. Tebow has even given participants his game-worn jersey from the games they’ve attended.