The ‘Tim Tebow Act’ (bill SB 2329) which would have “allowed homeschooled students to participate in extracurricular activities in their public school district” was rejected by the Mississippi Senate. State Senator Hob Bryan, D-Amory, citied concerns of fairness. “In many schools, if you’re failing, you don’t get to participate in extracurricular activities,” Bryan explained. He provided this hypothetical scenario: What if a football player got kicked off the team, dropped out of school and returned as a homeschooler and got back on the team. That wouldn’t be fair. But what are the chances of that happening? Only 3% of school aged children in the US are homeschooled. There might be another reason why the Senate rejected the bill.
The bill is named after former professional football quarterback Tim Tebow who took advantage of a similar law in Florida. Tebow was homeschooled but also played on his local high school football team. In the state of Mississippi, homeschooled students are not required to be vaccinated. In Florida, they are.