New Bill Named After Tim Tebow Instigated by a Kentucky Lawmaker

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Former NFL player Tim Tebow arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Former NFL player Tim Tebow arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok REUTERS

A Kentucky lawmaker has proposed a law named after Tim Tebow in an effort to help home-schooled students play sports in public schools. The proposed law was reportedly pre-filed by Representative Stan Lee, R-Lexington on Aug. 5.

According to WKYT News, Kentucky's leading online news portal, the bill was named after Tebow because the former University of Florida and National Football League (NFL) quarterback was home-schooled but still get to play in public schools.

The bill is aimed at giving home-schooled students the chance to take part in sports and other competitive interscholastic events at their local public schools as long as the students "meet the physical and academic standards as the other student athletes." Those who are home-schooled will be transported by their parents to and from the location of the events. In addition, the home-schooled student will also be required to sign up for registration at the school in their borough.

Representative Lee told WKYT News that the requirements for a public school student and home-schooled student to join in "extracurricular sports" will be the same.

In 2013, Texas Home School Coalition Association (THSCA) has already proposed a "Tim Tebow Bill." Similar to the points that Rep. Lee is trying to put forward with his own version of the bill, THSCA's Tim Tebow Bill was intended for home-schooled students' participation in public school's interscholastic activities.

In March and June 2014, the same bill was proposed in Alabama and New Jersey, respectively.

Tebow and his siblings were home-schooled from kindergarten through high school, Washington Post reported. In some U.S. states, home-schooled students were not allowed to participate in sports at their public schools. However, a law which was passed in 1996 in Florida where Tebow's family was living had permitted home-schooled students to take part in sports activities in public schools. Tebow reportedly was the first home-schooled athlete to have won the Heisman Trophy award after leading the University of Florida to two national championships before he was drafted in the NFL. He last played for the New England Patriots in 2013.

Currently, Tebow works as a college football analyst for SEC Network but has always unwaveringly expressed his every intention of playing in the NFL again.


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