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PSU Altoona bringing Tebow to town

October 25, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

From Mirror reports

One of the biggest names in sports is set for a local appearance in 2013.

Tim Tebow of the New York Jets has committed to be at the Blair County Convention Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 as part of Penn State Altoona's Speaker Series.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner who led the University of Florida to the 2008 national championship, Tebow is known almost as much for his humanitarian work off the field as what he's accomplished on it.

In 2010, he founded The Tim Tebow Foundation, which is partnering with CURE International to build hospitals in the Philippines. The foundation also grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses and constructs playrooms in hospitals and orphanages, among other charitable works.

Tebow, who has more than 1.8 million Facebook subscribers and 1.5 million Twitter followers, was named Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2012.

"We're extremely excited to bring Tim Tebow to the Blair County community," Shari Routch, PSU Altoona spokeswoman, said. "Not just because of his renown for being an athlete but for the story he has to tell regarding his faith and the message he brings to young people."

Tebow was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by Denver. After leading the Broncos to the 2011 playoffs, he was traded to the Jets, where he's been a backup quarterback and special teams player.

Penn State Altoona established its Speakers Series in 2008. Past guests include George Will, Madeleine Albright, Bob and Lee Woodruff, Mike Huckabee, James Carville, Jerome Bettis, Lisa Ling and J.R. Martinez.

"Through our Speaker Series, we've brought in a variety of people who have appealed to a wide range of people," Routch said. "Tim Tebow is known for reaching out to youth, and we hope a lot of young people take advantage of it."

Corporate sponsorships which include preferred seating, access to a VIP dessert reception and a photo opportunity with Tebow are also available.

Individual tickets are priced at $50 for adults and $25 for youth 12 and under and can be obtained by calling 949-5091 or by logging online at series.

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