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Chipper Jones to Partner with New York Jets Quarterback Tim Tebow to Open Training Facility in Orlando

June 7th, 2012 at 2:09 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is partnering with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow to open a D1 Sports Training facility in Orlando, Florida.

The facility will have an indoor turf field and weight room along with a sports medicine and therapy clinic. The clinic will be run by Orlando Orthopaedic Center.

Both Jones and Tebow are from Jacksonville. However, they have never met.

"I haven't met Tim," Jones said. "I hope to in the very near future. 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."

Tebow trained at D1 Nashville as he was preparing for the 2010 NFL draft. He also became a co-owner of D1 Savannah in April 2011.

"His faith is as strong as anybody you'll ever meet," Jones said of Tebow. "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."

Tebow also joined Jones as a co-owner in D1 Tampa in January and will hold a members-only training event on June 24 at the new D1 Orlando facility.

"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."

D1 has 15 other locations and has partnered with many star athletes and physicians. They allow people of all abilities seven years of age or older to work out and train as if they are preparing to be Division-1 athletes.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, MLB, Tim Tebow

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