22 Aug 2012 12:15 PM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: While starring at Nease, Tim Tebow became a very highly recruited quarterback. (Image Source: Associated Press)
The South Carolina legislature has passed the Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act, aka the “Tim Tebow Law”, which will permit home-schooled students to take part in extracurricular activities offered by the public school system, including athletics. Governor Nikki Haley signed the act into law on Monday.
What does a South Carolina law about home-schoolers have to do with Tim Tebow, the New York Jets backup quarterback?
Tebow was home-schooled growing up in the state of Florida and because of a Florida state law from 1996, he was allowed to play quarterback at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
In addition to home-schooled students, the Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act in South Carolina covers charter-school students, as well as those from the Governor’s School of Arts.
Republican state senator Chip Campsen wrote the law.
"When you have these extracurricular activities [you] learn what it takes to be successful and how to handle success, how to handle defeat," Campsen said. "What's not fair is making the parents pay property taxes to support the school and then denying them access to activities."
However, not everyone in South Carolina is in favor of the act, arguing that students who are not part of the system enjoying benefits offered by the public schools is unfair to the public school students.
South Carolina has become the 30th state to pass such legislation. In February of this year, the state of Virginia also adopted their version of the “Tim Tebow Law.”
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of American. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.
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