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Tim Tebow: Role Model On and Off the Field

Kern County is home to many voices that inspire. One such voice is Hoffman Hospice, a local nonprofit offering hospice care for anyone in need, regardless of age, religious preference, or ability to pay. To help fund operations and expand services, Hoffman Hospice held a sold-out gala event, Voices of Inspiration, at the Icardo Center June 19th with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow as keynote speaker and main draw.

One of Hoffman’s newest expansion goals on the horizon is Hoffman House, an 18-bed homelike facility for hospice care. Co-founder Beth Hoffman said that Voices of Inspiration went a long way towards funding groundbreaking on Hoffman House within the next two years.

“It was an honor to have Tebow at our event, with his character and passion,” Hoffman said. “We reached our goal of raising more than$350,000.”

Tebow, 23, is known on the field for Tebowing (kneeling in prayer before every game), writing Scripture references below his eyes, and setting a good example for his young fans. At the event, Tebow was interviewed onstage by former pro football player Chris Spielman.

“For those of us with a platform, I believe it’s our responsibility to be a role model for the next generation,” Tebow told the audience, “I want kids to know God has a plan for their life. People see me as a football player who just happens to be a Christian; I see myself as a Christian who just happens to be a football player. For that reason, I want my life to have significance by making a difference in someone else’s life.”

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