Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is backing legislation to allow homeschooled students the opportunity to play sports at their local public schools. Press Secretary Jeff Caldwell said “The governor believes homeschool students should not be denied the opportunity to take part in these advantages if he or she meets the qualifications.”
The legislation has been dubbed the “Tebow Bill” after NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who was homeschooled during his high school years in Florida. He played football at a public school before going on win championships at the University of Florida.
Legislation that would have opened interscholastic sports to Virginia homeschoolers failed by a single vote in the Senate last year. Twenty-four states permit homeschool students to play sports at public schools.