Colorado is in the spotlight once again as the Denver Broncos recruit legendary quarterback Peyton Manning. Just last season, we were all glued to our televisions over the rising star Tim Tebow, not only because of his athletic skills but also because of his character and image.
But what do these two men mean to Colorado outside of football field? The answer is that both Manning and Tebow are extremely charitable men who give their time, their public platform and a great deal of money to causes that are dear to them.
The Tim Tebow Foundation was started when Tebow was still an undergraduate at the University of Florida. Its inspiring mission is to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. It has raised money for Shands Hospital in Florida, Uncle Dick’s Orphanage in the Philippines, funding for playrooms in Children’s Hopitals around the world and has provided Disney trips for children. In addition to his foundation work, Tebow also invites special needs children to his games and gives them quality time and attention.
The Peyback Foundation, founded by Peyton Manning and his wife Ashley in 1999, focuses on the development of underprivileged youth. The foundation supports programs in the areas of leadership development, mentoring, after school programming and healthy living. The geographic focus is currently Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee, but it makes sense that Colorado would eventually be added if (or should we say WHEN?) Manning moves to the Broncos.
Colorado nonprofits could benefit greatly from Peyton Manning’s move to the Broncos. His Peyback Foundation is a grantmaking foundation, while the Tim Tebow Foundation utilizes a targeted approach.
Professional athletes are extremely important to the nonprofit community when they utilize their public platform to bring issues to light and to raise money to support the missions closest to their hearts. Colorado is fortunate to have many great, charitable athletes and we welcome Peyton Manning to our community!