Tim Tebow: 'I'll probably adopt'

Published 24 March 2014  |  
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Tim Tebow, a devout Christian, is famous for 'Tebowing' - getting down on one knee to pray at matches

Former pro American footballer Tim Tebow has spoken out in favour of adoption, admitting that he'd like to add to his own family one day.

A devout Christian, Tebow is well known for his strong faith and passion for sharing it with others. He set up the Tim Tebow Foundation in 2010, a charitable organisation "with a mission to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need".

Citing a desire to "show God's love to children around the world", the foundation works through outreach programmes to help vulnerable people both in the US and around the world, and also works in partnership with many different agencies, including Orphan Care and Adoption Aid.

In addition, it grants wishes to children with terminal illnesses and has funded a $3 million hospital in the Philippines, where Tebow's parents were once missionaries and where the footballer himself has taken part in mission trips.

"All of that work is much more important than being a celebrity," he says.

Last week, the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic raised over $1.1million for its life-changing work.

Speaking with People Magazine, Tebow – who is currently single – shared of his personal interest in adoption.

"When I have a family someday, I'll probably adopt," he said.

"Adoption has always been something close to my heart. There are so many kids out there who really need a family."

Passionate about caring for others, Tebow believes it is a fundamental part of the Christian calling.

"I believe that everyone, regardless of who they are, should do something that is greater than themselves. Whether it's adoption, or helping people who are sick, or poor...That's what God put us on this earth to do," he says.

Though he has expressed an interest in returning to the field one day, he says he is "even more passionate" about the difference he's able to make through his foundation.

"That's what gets me excited. That's what it's all about. I want to improve as a football player, but even more importantly, I really want to improve as a person.

"For me, life isn't about being recognised or having everyone know who I am," he adds. "That's not why I'm here. To me, my foundation is the most important thing I do, or have ever done. That's what my life is about."

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