Tim Tebow is returning to South Carolina.
The former Columbia Fireflies outfielder isn’t coming to play baseball, and the college football analyst isn’t coming back to the Palmetto State as part of an SEC Network broadcast at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The Heisman Trophy winner is visiting South Carolina to speak during an event at Bob Jones University in Greenville.
“An Evening with Tim Tebow,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 15 in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the Greenville campus.
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Tebow is expected to speak on how his faith has impacted his athletic career. That includes his time playing football at the University of Florida, where he won two national championships, a brief career in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets among other teams, and now his pursuit of professional baseball in the New York Mets minor league system.
“It’s a privilege to host Tim Tebow at BJU,” Bruins Director of Athletics Neal Ring said in a news release. “Throughout his life, Tebow has used the platform of sports to bring God glory – and that’s what our intercollegiate athletics program is all about at BJU.”
Tickets are $30 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission, and a student discount is being offered. To register for the event, go to bju.edu/tebow.
Tebow was a hit with fans in Columbia, and the Fireflies regularly sold out road games while he was playing left field. He was an enemy in college when his Florida Gators played the South Carolina Gamecocks.
He hit .220 with three home runs and 23 RBIs in 64 games for the Columbia Fireflies, of the South Atlantic League. Tebow hit a home run in his first at-bat on Opening Day with the Fireflies.
He was promoted to the Mets’ Class A team in St. Lucie, Fla. midway through the season.
Overall, Tebow finished his first baseball season hitting .226 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs in 126 minor league games.