Tim Tebow is certainly a man worth looking up to. Not only is he an incredible football player (and baseball player now too) but he also provides amazing help to children in need at home and abroad through his charity and sponsorship.
He extends this spirit of giving to his fans as well. He’s always willing to give an autograph or even record a personalized message for someone’s grandma, but, on July 29 at Charlotte Sports Park in Florida, he went the extra mile.
Tebow made one little boy’s day during a baseball game with unexpected consequences for himself.
There was a special guest attending his minor league St. Lucie Mets game against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. It wasn’t a movie star, pop diva, or politician, though. At only 10 years old (9 at the time), Seth Bosch is one of Tebow’s #1 fans.
Seth has high-functioning autism and suffers from neurofibromatosis, a disorder that produces tumors on top of nerve tissue including one behind his right eye. All of this has affected his coordination and made it tough for him to play sports.
Still, little Seth was determined to meet his hero.
Tebow was taking practice swings—this was just the opportunity Seth had been waiting for. He started making his way down from the stands and approached the backstop netting near the Mets’ on-deck circle.
There was a conference going on over at the Stone Crabs’ pitching mound, so Seth knew that there would be time for a handshake.
Seth gestured to the athlete to come on over, and Tebow shook Seth’s hands through the netting.
The crowd went wild for the little boy as he made his way back to the stands. Seth was overcome with emotion. He couldn’t stop crying.
His mother, Ileanna Bosch, was so amazed by what had happened that she called a friend to tell them the tale.
“Seth had been trying for like three hours to get Tebow’s attention,” Bosch said in an extended YouTube video, “and I got it live where he worked his way towards Tebow and Tebow turned around and acknowledged him … and then he started crying because he was so emotional and Tim Tebow kept looking back at him.”
Perhaps looking to Seth gave Tebow the strength he needed for the rest of the game.
Soon after shaking Seth’s hand, Tebow hit a three-run homer and the whole audience cheered.
Seth was especially excited, doing a dab in celebration.
“When Seth came back to his seat, he was crying,” Bosch told The Tampa Bay Times. “And then Tim hit the homer. I started crying, too. How does that happen? I think God brought Seth and Tim together.”