Former NFL quarterback and University of Florida Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow is coming to Brownwood.
    Tebow will be the keynote speaker at the Central Texas Pregnancy Care Center’s bi-annual fundraising banquet on March 9 at the Brownwood Coliseum. The theme of the banquet is “Everyone Deserves a Birthday.” General admission tickets will be available in January.
    Tebow, 28, is known for his Christian faith and pro-life message. After graduating from the University of Florida, Tebow played in the NFL in Denver, New York, New England and Philadelphia. Tebow has worked as an ESPN analyst and currently appears in a television reality show with a biblical theme on Fox called Home Free.
    “Excited is an understatement!” Terri Medlock, the Pregnancy Care Center’s executive director, said of Tebow’s booking for the banquet via  text message. “When we got the call that Tim agreed to our offer, there was dancing going on in our office. We are working on every detail to make this event a fun, informative event.”
      The Pregnancy Care Center is a non-profit organization committed to helping those experiencing pregnancy make practical, life choices for both the family and the unborn child, Medlock said via email. The organization is dedicated to “sharing hope and providing education about pregnancy, sexual health and responsible parenting,” the email said.
    The organization receives no government funding and is funded by  individuals, business, churches and through events such as the bi-annual banquet.
    “Because we do bi-annual events, there is plenty of time to pray and seek out speakers and talk with different agencies about scheduling and pricing,” Medlock said via email. “We have been interested in inviting Mr. Tebow for several years but couldn’t get the scheduling to work or the finances to make it happen.
    “This year, after going through several options, we decided to take matters into our own hands and send a personal email, stating the price we had to offer and date. We trusted the Lord would open or close the door.”
    Within days, the Pregnancy Care Center received an email stating Tebow would love to come, Medlock said. “He had just visited with his personal secretary weeks before saying he wanted to do more in the area of (pro-life events). We were the first to call and he was excited about the opportunity,” she said.
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee spoke at the Pregnancy Care Center’s banquet in 2015, and funds raised from that event enabled the center to buy a new building to house all of its services, and hire a director of operations.
    Funds raised from the March 9 event will help with the opening of another satellite center in San Saba County and provide a larger Baby Needs store, as well as going toward daily operations.
    Tebow’s mother, Pam, rejected doctors’ advice to have an abortion when she was pregnant with Tim, according to an article published on www.lifenews.com. The family was living in the Philippines as missionaries when Pam Tebow because ill with amoebic dysentery and went into a coma. Doctors stopped the drugs when they realized she was pregnant but believed the drugs they’d given Pam had harmed her unborn baby
    Believing the baby would die or have problems if he survived, doctors recommended abortion. Tim Tebow was born healthy on Aug. 14, 1987, in Makati City in the Philippines
    Tebow will not call himself a retired football player though he could see himself as a future coach, the Associated Press reported. A career in politics also could be appealing down the road.    
    The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former Florida quarterback is getting prepared to begin another season as an analyst with the SEC Network and ESPN, the AP reported. He also is working with the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, which honors college football players for their community service and good deeds. Tebow was a member of the 2009 Good Works Team and is now trying to put a spotlight on how other football players — such as Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson — are making a difference away from the field.