HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Pam Tebow, the mother of former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, will be the featured speaker at Hannibal-LaGrange University's 78th annual booster banquet at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mabee Sports Complex.
Tickets to the event, priced at $65 per person, will be sold until 5 p.m. Thursday through the college's online ticket portal: hlg.edu/scom/payment-bb.php.
"Buying online is probably easiest, but they can call our office, too," said Rebecca Sneed, the university's media coordinator. The number to call is 573-629-3124.
Pam Tebow, who speaks on religious themes at events across the country, is best known as the mother of Tim Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner who went on to play quarterback for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in an NFL career that spanned 2010 to 2015.
Tim Tebow became known not only for his football skills but also for his strong Christian faith. His habit of genuflecting in prayer while on the football field inspired the coining of the term "Tebowing."
In 2016, after he left football, Tebow began pursuing a career in professional baseball. He signed with the Mets organization and has been working his way through the minor league system ever since as an outfielder. Tebow started the 2019 season with the Mets' AAA affiliate, but a hand injury sidelined him for the rest of the season.
According to a press release from HLGU, Pam Tebow also displays a strong Christian faith. She grew up living all over the world as the daughter of an Army colonel before she ended up graduating with honors in journalism and communications from the University of Florida. She emerged from college with a yearning to impact others in a positive way.
Pam Tebow and her husband, Bob, a minister, raised five children and were pioneers in the field of home schooling. All five of their kids, including Tim, were homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, and all five received college scholarships.
The Tebow family lived for several years in the Philippines, where Bob Tebow continues to run a ministry -- the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association. The Tebows also have an orphanage in the Philippines and have ministries in several Asian countries.
Pam Tebow has often spoken out on religious issues that touch her heart. According to HLGU, her notoriety increased suddenly in 2007 when Tim Tebow became the first sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy -- college football's top honor. He became the University of Florida's starting quarterback that season and in 2008 led Florida to its second national championship in three years with a 13-1 record.
During the nationally televised Heisman Trophy broadcast, ESPN aired a portion of an interview that highlighted Pam Tebow's refusal to abort Tim when she was advised to do so while pregnant.
After that, she became a frequent speaker at various women's events and anti-abortion rallies. She has appeared on numerous TV shows and won several national awards for her work inspiring other women.
According to HLGU, Pam Tebow has long been encouraging people to use the influence God has given them to impact their world. This became the subject of her first book, "Ripple Effects," which came out in May.
More information about the booster banquet is available at bit.ly/35fcnhJ.