Tim Tebow discussed his life, career and Christianity at AGAPE Child and Family Services’ 15th annual HeartLight event.
The Heisman Trophy winner and NFL player who recently was signed by the New England Patriots was the special guest speaker Saturday night at FedExForum.
“We serve a big God and big things are possible,” said the personable, laid-back athlete, who wore jeans and a checkered shirt.
Tim, who is known for falling to one knee and praying at his games, talked about his unique eye blacks. When he was at the University of Florida he wrote “Phil” under one eye and “4:13” under his other eye with a silver Sharpie before games. It stood for the Philippians 4:13 Bible verse “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Tim remembered the man who came up to him, said his name was “Phil” and asked, “Did you wear that under your eyes for me? What does ‘4:13’ mean?”
Before the AGAPE event, Rev. Audrey Gonzalez, chairwoman of foster care review at Memphis & Shelby County Juvenile Court, said she got a call from Brian Hoover, AGAPE director of development, who told her, “Tim Tebow wants you to get about 15 foster-care kids together, and he will speak to them for about 45 minutes privately.”
Through the Department of Children’s Services, Audrey brought 15 teenagers who are in foster care to Saturday’s event. Tim talked to them, answered their questions and had photos taken with them in the Lexus Lounge before he went on stage, Audrey said.
Audrey, who described the quarterback as “just natural” and “so generous,” said Tim signed “Florida Gator” on pennants from his old school, University of Florida. “He gave one to each of the foster kids.”
The teens also got great seats for Tim’s talk. “The way he shares his faith as he speaks, it’s enticing,” Audrey said. “It’s not obnoxious. He does it in such a good way you really believe him and are drawn in by him.”
Guests did some spring drinking near the “Summer Reading” sign Thursday night at the Booksellers of Laurelwood. Bartenders served drinks at “Literatini,” a fundraiser for Literacy Mid-South.
The Grove Grill featured the “Strawberry Fields,” which consisted of vodka, Prosecco, basil and “eight quarts of puréed strawberries,” said bartender Terry Allen.
Ben Smith from Tsunami said their “Minty Melon Martini” included fresh watermelon, fresh mint, Tito’s vodka and a splash of sweet and sour. That drink was voted “The Most Creative Drink” of the evening.
“The Girl Next Door” from Alchemy got the “Fan Favorite Martini” award. That drink was made of fresh watermelon, fresh lemon, vodka and sugar.
Brennan Villines performed.
One for Sid
It felt odd not having Sid Selvidge at The Blowout, the annual “Beale Street Caravan” fundraiser. The musician/singer, who died last month, was executive producer and one of the founders of the “Caravan,” a worldwide syndicated radio show broadcast from Memphis and heard in cities worldwide.
“It was a huge void,” said Cynthia Ham, president of the program’s board. “I think the crowd really felt his presence, though. It was the best turnout we ever had. And there’s no question people were honoring his memory.”
Cynthia estimated 250 attended the party Thursday night at A. Schwab on Beale.
A nonprofit organization, “Beale Street Caravan” reaches 2.4 million people weekly. “The show was established to preserve and promote Memphis music in its indigenous forms,” Cynthia said.
The Blowout featured a silent auction and music by the Reba Russell Trio. Steve Conley was master of ceremonies.