West Texans Young and Old Welcome Tim Tebow

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - There was hardly an empty seat in the house at Grande Communications Stadium on Sunday as Tim Tebow came to speak.

For many parents here in the Basin, they saw this event as a chance for the community to come together.

"It brings the community together, not just the Christians, but everybody involved in Midland," Midland parent, Michele Shelton, said. "Not only that it's free but it is just a time to get together and celebrate celebrity along with Christianity."

Many young people attending told NewsWest 9 they came to see Tebow and hear him speak because he's a person they can look up to.

Tyree Dixon brought his entire 15-member soccer team.

"I think it's a great experience for us to all learn what athletes have to say about God and just teach us about religion and stuff," he said.

Some young people attending even got a chance to meet Tebow.

"He just had an aura about him," Talor Nunez said. "He just seems like a really nice guy. He had a great handshake and he's a pretty big guy too."

"He's big," Kaylee Rogers said. "I think it's awesome. It's great that there's actually people out there that are willing to do these types of things, free of charge even, just to spread God's word."

Tebow's appeal wasn't lost on even the youngest fans.

"I think it's real awesome," Calvary Woodwick said.

When asked what Woodwick's favorite thing about Tebow was, he didn't hesitate.

"That he always goes before a game and prays," Woodwick said.

The young people of the Basin said they saw Tebow as a role model and a Christian example and they were happy to have someone like him coming to speak about his beliefs here in West Texas.

"My favorite thing is the fact that he always gives glory to God, no matter what happens," Nunez said. "The reason he has a platform now is so he can come out and do these things."