Published: May 2, 2013
A sold-out crowd of 1,900 was on hand April 13 at The Broadmoor to honor former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow with the Colorado Springs Christian Schools' Lion's Heart Award.
The award was described by CSCS Superintendent Roland DeRenzo as recognizing contributions in education and leadership both locally and nationwide. Tebow followed 2012 Lion's Heart recipients Dr. James and Shirley Dobson. Previous honorees were President George W. Bush, Steve Schuck and Dick Saunders.
DeRenzo said, 'Tim is a leader. It is said that the mark of true leadership is the ability to demonstrate courage when facing fear, strength when challenges are great and the opposition is overwhelming, and to leave people better off than when you first encounter them. That is part of what Tim Tebow is about and is the reason why we've chosen to honor him with the Lion's Heart Award. '
Tebow shared the Gospel, memories from his childhood and his thoughts about leadership. During a Q-and-A session Tebow said, 'I love football, but I will sacrifice more to impact lives. Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. '
At the time of the dinner event, a fundraiser for CSCS, Tebow was backup quarterback for the New York Jets but was waived this past weekend.