Add promoting physical fitness to Heisman Trophy-winning UF quarterback Tim Tebow’s list of things to do. On Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Tebow to co-chair the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness.
He doesn’t have to pull all the chairing duties – he’s co-chairing with former Tampa Bay Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks, who serves as council chair, and council co-chair Olympic gold medal gymnast Shannon Miller. The council, created by Crist in 2007, is charged with promoting physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
The roster of council members includes athletes who either live in, play or played in or have some connection to Florida from tennis star Jennifer Capriati to Parkland Olympic swimmer Dara Torres to Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell to Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal.
In addition to leading the Gators to a national title in the BCS National Championship game against Oklahoma at Dolphin Stadium in January, Tebow volunteers at schools, churches and hospitals and takes mission trips to the Philippines to volunteer at a home for orphaned Filipino children, according to a release from the governor’s office.
“Tim Tebow’s leadership and servanthood both on and off the field make him an ideal candidate to serve as co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness,” Crist said in a statement. “Tim is a true role model who consistently demonstrates the fitness and healthy living characteristics the council is responsible for promoting.”
(Photo credit: Tebow Family, Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association / May 2, 2008: In an impoverished village outside General Santos City in the Philippines, Tebow helped with health care for impoverished children.)