Tim Tebow Has Raised Over $1 Million By Auctioning His Heisman Trophy To Temporary Owners

Photo from Tim Tebow’s Instagram

Tim Tebow Has Raised Over $1 Million By Auctioning His Heisman Trophy To Temporary Owners

By Movieguide® Contributor

Most winners of the Heisman Trophy keep their award somewhere special, looking at it to reminisce on their time playing football. However, Tim Tebow used his award to help others. 

Tebow, who won the Heisman in 2007, has auctioned his Heisman Trophy off to different people every few months. 

“It is such a cool award that is so prestigious that very few people have ever had the chance to be around it,” he said of the award. “I’m so grateful. … Why have it in your garage when it can be in someone else’s living room?

By continuing to temporarily auction the award off, Tebow has raised over $1 million over the years. The football star has even given it to fellow celebrities, like Luke Bryan and Kathie Lee Gifford, who was the first temporary owner. 

‘Now a lot of kids are being helped with it,” Tebow said of his trophy. “My goal is that it could be the most impactful Heisman one day not by sitting on a shelf… [but by] being on a lot of other shelves and making an impact on a lot of kids’ lives.”

Tebow is well known for his charitable work. Movieguide® previously reported:

Tim Tebow and his foundation are raising money to build the TTF Protection Center in Thailand as a place to protect up to forty girls rescued from human trafficking.

In a recent Instagram video, Tebow shared, “A few years ago, we deepened our fight in this terrible evil in the world of human trafficking and child exploitation. And in the last 365 days, we’re so excited to share with you that we have grown so much and been part of rescuing thousands and building safe homes in so many different countries.”

Movieguide® previously reported on the work Tebow’s foundation does to fight trafficking. “We’re in 67 countries and we’re building more hospitals right now and we’re building more special needs orphanages and villages and rescuing girls from trafficking. And, I just am so passionate about that.”

Tebow launched this newest campaign with RAPHA International, an organization “committed to offering hope and healing to survivors of child slavery and sexual exploitation.”

This home will specifically “provide elevated security for at-risk survivors while their traffickers face prosecution.”

“The Thai government, Thai police have asked our partners in RAPHA International for a protection center because there are so many girls that had been rescued from trafficking,” Tebow explains. However, they “are still in danger with active threats, death threats and prices on their head, just so they can’t testify against their trafficker.”

Tebow believes this is because the traffickers do not want to face justice, and “they are capable of atrocious acts of evil to silence those speaking against them.”

“This protection center will provide love, safety and care for 40 girls at a time,” he shares. “But right now we have to act urgently. There are 15 Girls in Thailand waiting on this home.”

He launched this campaign for his 35th birthday, asking his followers to help contribute to this vital work.

Tebow shares that the protection center will cost $1.3 million, but through his followers’ previous support, his foundation can already commit $600,000 to the project.

He encourages his followers to “be a part of this team that doesn’t look away while they’re in their darkest hour of need.”

The TTF Protection Center will be a place where these victims of human trafficking, exploitation and sexual abuse “can feel love, protected, supported, and have everything they need.”

“I don’t know if you can get much closer to who we are as a foundation than protecting the most vulnerable!” Tebow shared. “It is my hope and prayer that you’ll join us in building the TTF Protection Center.”