[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here’s something to contemplate. Were it not for the ability of home schooled children to participate in sports in the state of Florida, the world would never have known who Tim Tebow was. Tebow, who grew up in Florida, was only able to play football because state law allowed home schooled students to participate in organized sports at their local schools.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]One would think that would be a non-issue since the students’ parents, if they are homeowners, pay taxes to support the local school system. But, Tebow was only able to play at Nease High School, located outside of Jacksonville, because the state’s law allowed it. Now, legislators in another state have passed what they call the “Tim Tebow Act” to give home schooled children in their state the same opportunity.
Members of the House of Representatives in Alabama passed a bill that would give home schooled students the opportunity to play sports at whatever school they are zoned to beginning in the 7th grade. It passed in the House 52 – 43 and now moves on to the Senate.
This is not the first time such a bill has been proposed in the Alabama legislature. Each time, it is met with strong opposition by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]The Tim Tebow Act would not require any school in Alabama to guarantee a home schooled student a place on a sports team. Rather, it gives the student the opportunity to try out for the team, making it fair and square like any other student, on their athletic ability, as long as the student meets academic and residency requirements.
Within the school setting, the mantra “for the children” is often used. One has to wonder how those in charge of the athletic association for Alabama high schools view home school students? Are they not worthy or able to participate because their parents chose to home school them? Is it punishment and payback for the parent opting out of what many view as liberal indoctrination machines?
As the Tim Tebow Act now makes it way to the Alabama Senate, let’s see if the families who choose to home school for whatever reason are no longer treated as second-class citizens with participation in sports denied them based upon their schooling choice. Who knows, there could be another future Heisman Trophy winner somewhere in the state who is denied that opportunity all because they are educated outside of the traditional school setting.