An unlikely duo is paring up to open an athletic training facility in Orlando, Florida.
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow and Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones are opening a D1 sports training facility in Orlando just miles away from where they both grew up in Jacksonville. Both athletes have strong ties to the area and wanted to collaborate in order to provide a top notch training facility for aspiring athletes.
The new facility will house an indoor turf field and a state-of-the-art weight room to go with a sports medicine and therapy clinic run by Orlando Orthopaedic Center, which also is an owner. It’s a quality facility that has everything an athlete would need to train to compete at the highest level. There are multiple D1 facilities around the country, 15 to be exact, and Tebow is already part owners of a few other ones in the area.
Prior to the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow trained at the facility in Nashville, TN. He also became part owner of the D1 center in Savahnnah, GA in early 2011. Tebow and Jones do have a prior history of owning one of these facilities as they became co-owners of the D1 in Tampa, FL.
Tebow is set to hold a members-only training event June 24 at the new facility, which will officially open the next day.
Although the two have not actually met Jones is looking forward to the encounter,
“He’s probably the most recognizable figure in America right now. We’re from the same area in Jacksonville. I know he comes from a good family. His faith is as strong as anybody you’ll ever meet. And I don’t even know him, you know? So that’s my impression of him from afar. That being said, I’m a long-time loyal Gator, and he can do no wrong in my eyes.”
The new facility will officially open June 25.