Chipper Jones goes into business with Tim Tebow.
In a match made in North Florida heaven, Tim Tebow is joining forces with Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones.
The pair are going into business together to launch their own fitness facility as part of the DI Sports chain. DI strives to give young people access to the same training facilities and regimens that Division I athletes have.
Their site will be in Orlando and will include an indoor turf field, state-of-the-art weight room and a sports medicine clinic run by Orlando Orthopaedic Center, which is also an owner according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Even though these two share a lot of history and connections, they have never met. Before Wednesday’s game at Miami, Chipper was excited to talk about the venture.
“I haven’t met Tim. I hope to in the very near future,” Jones said. “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.”
“It’s one of those business opportunities that comes along,” Jones said. “D1 in Tampa has done really well. Other D1s around the southeastern United States have done well. It’s a chance for young kids to get some constructive exercise from professional athletes.”
Tebow has a chunk of other D1 locations, so the New York Jets may not be where he plans on making his real money.
Maybe he can get Mark Sanchez to go in with him on D1 West.