Before a broken bone in his right hand ended Tim Tebow’s minor league season, he appeared to have a good shot of being called up to the New York Mets. Characteristically, Tebow hasn’t been sitting idle while rehabbing his hand. He and his brother Robbie are executive producers on a faith-based film about two brothers who overcome adversity through sports.
The movie, Run the Race, tells the story of Zach and Dave Truett, two high school athletes — one a track star, the other a football star — who have dealt with a series of tragedies in their lives. Zach, the track star, is running from God as he deals with his grief over his mother’s death and his alcoholic father’s abandonment of the two brothers all while trying to earn a scholarship. The other brother Dave, a star quarterback who was forced to leave the team after a head injury, has joined the track team and is bent on earning a scholarship, too. The difference is that Dave is trusting in God.
Besides being produced by a Heisman winner, Run the Race also features a Heisman winner in the cast. Eddie George, who played nine seasons in the NFL, explains, “Sports really is a microcosm of how life is. Somebody’s going to deal with adversity. Somebody’s going to deal with loss. Somebody’s going to deal with pain. Somebody’s going to deal with victory and success. I think this film reflects that.”
The themes of adversity and redemption are sure to resonate with fans of Christian movies. Having Tim Tebow’s name connected to the project isn’t going to hurt, either. In a press release, Tebow said of the film:
Run the Race is about so much more than football. This is a story about overcoming the hard issues of life, about the power of sacrifice, the power of family, and the power of forgiveness. I love being a part of a project like this because it will impact lives, inspire hope, and even prompt action. When I read the script, I knew this was an important project to get behind.
A rough cut of Run the Race was screened last year in Phoenix by Lifeway Films at the conclusion of the Southern Baptist Convention. Having recently finished principal filming, the movie is in the final stages of post-production and the producers are in negotiations for theatrical distribution. With Tim Tebow involved, fans can count on Run the Race screening in their local cineplex sometime in the near future.