- The orphanage was founded by his father, Bob, in 1992
- Uncle Dick’s Home is located in Lamsugod, Surallah, South Cotabato, Mindanao
- Tebow was the number one NFL draft pick in 2010 and has received the Heisman trophy in 2007 for being the most outstanding college football player
Today’s the Fourth of July weekend in the US. For a lot of Americans that meant enjoying a barbeque at the backyard, knocking back a bottle or two of cold beer, or lounging around at the beach. However, Tim Tebow chose to spend some of his holiday cheer by flying to the country.
Tebow took to his Instagram and Snapchat accounts to share with his fans his latest trip to the country. He is joined by other members of the Tim Tebow Foundation. His stops include a visit to Uncle Dick's Home – an orphanage in South Cotabato founded by the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, and the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City.
According to the foundation’s website, Uncle Dick’s Home was named after Richard Fowler, a neighbor of the Tebows whom they treated like family. Fowler helped the Tebows’ ministry and donated money to be used to establish the orphanage. Currently, the orphanage cares for 49 orphans and is run by 13 staff members.
Tebow’s CURE Hospital was opened in 2014 and had an official grand opening on May 1, 2015. Through this hospital, Tebow is able to provide orthopedic surgical care to children with clubfoot and spinal deformities.
Tebow’s current snaps and posts are truly heart-warming. He shared a picture of him posing with some local students and in another he’s intensely watching a video game being played by a couple of children at the hospital. His generous spirit certainly captured the hearts of many Filipinos, both here and abroad. One child, Jessa Berbo, affectionately calls him “Kuya Timmy” when he taught the children at Uncle Dick’s Home how to throw a football.
The former Broncos star’s affinity to the Philippines is not by accident though. Tebow traces his roots in the country. “I was born in the Philippines, and my parents have been missionaries to that area for over 30 years. The Philippines have always had a special place in my heart,” he said.
Tebow is also outspoken about his Christian faith on and off the field. Fans have coined the term “tebowing” due to the quarterback’s habit of bowing his head with an arm resting on one bent knee during games. He is also active in preaching and sharing his Christian faith in various prisons, schools, meetings, and conferences. He also wrote a book Through My Eyes detailing his life in Florida and in the Philippines. He is set to release a second book this October called Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms about handling life’s disappointments.