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Wednesday May 6, 2009Governor Crist Appoints Tim Tebow Co-Chair of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness

Tallahassee, Fla.

Governor Charlie Crist today announced the appointment of University of Florida Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow as co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Tebow will serve alongside council chair Derrick Brooks, former linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and co-chair Shannon Miller, Olympic gold medal gymnast.

 

Other high-profile athletes on the council include former NHL star Dave Andreychuk, tennis star and Olympian Jennifer Capriati, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, Olympic swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Boston Red Sox third-baseman Mike Lowell, Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal, Olympic softball player Dr. Dot Richardson, world champion surfer Kelly Slater, and Olympic swimmer Dara Torres.

 

“Tim Tebow’s leadership and servanthood both on and off the field make him an ideal candidate to serve as co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness,” said Governor Crist.  “Tim is a true role model who consistently demonstrates the fitness and healthy living characteristics the council is responsible for promoting.”

 

In addition to helping his team win two national championships, Tebow regularly volunteers his time at schools, churches and hospitals. Tebow also makes regular mission trips to the Philippines where he volunteers at Uncle Dick’s Home, a Christian home for orphaned Filipino children.

 

The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness was originally established in May 2007 by Executive Order 07-52 to promote health and wellness in the state through development of a plan of action to increase physical fitness through regular exercise and sound nutrition practices among Floridians of all ages and to reduce the rate of obesity resulting in chronic illnesses.

 

Members on the council include elementary, secondary, and public university representatives, health care practitioners, advocates for senior citizens and person with special needs, dieticians, physical fitness and sports organizations, parks and recreation experts, business community and corporate interests, state and local government representatives and private citizens. Today’s additional appointments expanding the council were established by Executive Order 09-91.

 

Governor Charlie Crist today announced the following reappointments and appointments:

 

Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness

·     Derrick Brooks, 36, of Tampa, professional football player and founder of Derrick Brooks Charities, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.  Brooks will serve as council Chair.

 

·     Shannon Miller, 32, of Jacksonville, Olympic gold medalist and founder of the Shannon Miller Foundation, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.  Miller will serve as council co-chair.

 

·     Tim Tebow, 21, of Gainesville, student and Heisman Trophy quarterback at the University of Florida, succeeding Joshua Butler, appointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.  Tebow will serve as council co-chair.

 

·     Jennifer Capriati, 33, of Wesley Chapel, Olympic gold medalist and professional tennis player, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Charles “Monty” Castevens, 61, of Clermont, president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics Florida Inc., reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Carlos Castresana, 54, of Lighthouse Point, president of EDIFY LLC., reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

  

·     Dr. Karen Dowd, 61, of Parkland, executive director for Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance & Sport (FAHPERDS), reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Nancy Hogshead-Makar, 47, of Jacksonville, Olympic gold medalist and associate professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     William “Bill” Montford, 61, of Tallahassee, chief executive officer of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Dr. Don Rapp, 80, of Tallahassee, balance class instructor, retired Florida State University professor and author, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

  

·     Dr. Dorothy “Dot” Richardson, 47, of Clermont, Olympic gold medalist, medical director and orthopedic surgeon at the National Training Center at Southlake Hospital, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Mary Rumberger, 65, of Winter Park, director of community relations for Magruder Eye Institute and board chairperson of Metro YMCA, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Julie Ryczek, 46, of Treasure Island, elementary school teacher for Pinellas County Schools, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Dr. Judith “Judy” Schaechter, 43, of Miami Beach, physician and associate professor at the University of Miami, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Sheila Sheridan, 61, of Naples, director for the department of nutrition services of Collier County Public Schools, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Kelly Slater, 37, of Cocoa Beach, nine-time World Championship surfer, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, 52, of Tallahassee, State Surgeon General for the Florida Department of Health, reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Amy Young, 49, of West Palm Beach, governmental consultant for Smith & Ballard Inc., reappointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Dave Andreychuk, 45, of Tampa, community representative for Tampa Bay Lightning and former NHL Pro Hockey Player, succeeding Kez McCorvey, appointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Dr. Frank Diamond Jr., 60, of Safety Harbor, professor of pediatrics and attending pediatric endocrinologist at All Children’s Hospital, succeeding Javier Garcia-Bengochea, appointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Dr. Jayne Greenberg, 52, of Weston, executive director of physical education and health literacy for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, succeeding Robert Keiser, appointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

·     Jonathan Vredenburg, 36, of Jacksonville, registered dietician and coordinator of recreation and community services for the City of Jacksonville, succeeding Thomas Epsky, appointed for a term beginning May 6, 2009, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

New Honorary Members

 

·        Joshua “Josh” Butler, of Tallahassee, Executive Chef, The Florida Governor's Mansion.

 

·        Warrick Dunn, of Tampa, NFL running back, philanthropist.

 

·        Robert Keiser, of Parkland, university student.

 

·        Mike Lowell, of Miami, professional baseball player, Boston Red Sox.

 

·        Kezarrick "Kez" McCorvey, of Tallahassee, head football coach, Maclay School.

 

·        Shaquille O'Neal, professional basketball player, Phoenix Suns.

 

·        Dara Torres, five-time Olympic swimmer, author and motivational speaker.

 

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