Financial separation of Bob Tebow's orphanage and his non-profit association paved the way for Tim's return.
GAINESVILLE -- The NCAA helped make Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's decision to return to school for his senior season a little easier.
The governing body of collegiate athletics said on Thursday in an email to The Miami Herald that it has worked with the Tebow family, the University of Florida and the Southeastern Conference in the last few months "to help interpret and apply our bylaws," making it possible for Bob Tebow to accept donations for his orphanage in the Philippines.
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On Thursday morning, it was reported that UF coach Urban Meyer told state politicians during a breakfast in Tallahassee that UF was granted a waiver by the NCAA, allowing for the donations. The NCAA said that no waiver was involved, but indicated in its email that the NCAA helped the Tebow family within the parameters of the existing rules. According to the NCAA, Bob Tebow's orphanage in the Philippines, known as Uncle Dick's Home, is now a separate financial entity of the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association.
"All donations to Uncle Dick's Home go directly to the orphanage and not to the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association or the Tebow family, and no member of the Tebow family serves on its board of directors or staff," the NCAA said. "As a result, donations to the orphanage (or any other nonprofit entity) from the university or its boosters are allowed under our bylaws."
With the financial backing of the orphanage in order, Tim Tebow returned to the UF for his senior season. Had the NCAA not worked with the Tebow family to clear up the problem, Tebow would have likely declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft.
"[Tebow] would not be our quarterback any longer if that did not happen," Meyer said.
According to its website, the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association has been serving the Philippines since 1985 with five major priorities: evangelism, church planting, pastor training, an orphanage and the training of the next generation of evangelists.
The orphanage, Uncle Dick's Home, is linked to the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association website.
NCAA bylaws prohibit an institution or boosters from providing benefits to a student-athlete or the student-athlete's family that generally aren't available to any student in the general student body."