JACKSON, Tenn. – Feb. 18, 2010 – Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will be the keynote speaker for Union University’s second annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala April 19.
Tebow, a two-time NCAA national champion as quarterback for the University of Florida, will speak at a banquet and program beginning at 6 p.m. at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in downtown Jackson.
“Tim Tebow is known for his leadership, achievement and commitment to Christ like few in the sports world,” said Charles Fowler, Union’s senior vice president for university relations.
Tebow was born the last of five children to Bob and Pam Tebow on Aug. 14, 1987, in the Philippines, where his parents served as missionaries. Pam Tebow homeschooled all of her children, and also worked to instill the family’s deep Christian beliefs along the way. As a home school student, Tebow participated in high school football in the Jacksonville, Fla., area, where his talents were recognized.
He later signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida, where his skills and leadership led the Gators to BCS National Championships in the 2006 and 2008 seasons.
While in college, Tebow accepted several prestigious awards such as the Heisman Trophy, Davey O’ Brien Award, NCAA Quarterback of the Year and two ESPYs for Best Male College Athlete. Following his sophomore season, Tebow was honored with the Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s top amateur athlete based on character, leadership and ability. He was also the first Division I quarterback to pass and rush for more than 20 touchdowns in a season.
Off the field, Tebow is also known for his commitment to serve those in need both at home and abroad. He is the founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation, an organization through which he has mobilized hundreds of college students to participate in aid work and raised funds for needy children in Asia, Florida, and Washington, D.C.
Dr. Roy White, trustee emeritus at Union University, is the title sponsor. Other event sponsors include Brasfield Construction, First Tennessee Bank, Farmers and Merchants Bank and Carl and Alice Kirkland.
“It’s a delight once again to sponsor the second annual Golf and Gala event to benefit Union University,” Dr. White said.
“Union University is blessed by our relationship with the White family,” Union University David S. Dockery said. “We are certainly looking forward to a fine evening on April 19.”
The event begins with a golf tournament at 9 a.m. at the Jackson Country Club, followed by a 6 p.m. banquet and program at the Carl Perkins Civic Center, where Tebow will speak.
Cost for a four-person golf team is $1,000. Tables at the gala are available for $1,500, while individual dinner seats are $200 and balcony seats are $50.
For reservations or for more information, visit www.uu.edu/events/golfandgala or call (731) 661-5050 or (800) 338-6644.
Due to inclement weather, all Union campuses will be closed on Friday, March 6, with all classes canceled.
The wellness center will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and the aquatic center will be open from 1-3 p.m.
Friday's Preview Day has been canceled.
Brewer Dining Hall will be open from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday. The Lex will be closed. No breakfast will be served.