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Virginia to consider 'Tebow bill'

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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has become a national celebrity, a religious icon and now, he may change high school sports in Virginia forever.

Lawmakers are considering what many call the Tim Tebow law. It would let home-schooled high school students play on public school sports teams--like Tebow did.

Since kindergarten, Marilyn Wilkinson and her husband have home-schooled all five of their children.

"We wanted our kids to be thinkers and not just to pass tests," said Wilkinson. "We wanted to cater to their learning styles."

Her four sons, particularly Matthew, have become really good soccer players. Scouts started inquiring about Matthew when he was just seven years old.

"He comes alive when he plays," Wilkinson said. "That's all he lives to do."

As the law stands, Matthew and his brothers cannot play on public high school sports teams because they are home-schooled. Wilkinson considers this unfair.

"We're all Americans," Wilkinson said. "We pay our taxes, are involved with the community. The only thing we're not involved in [are] the schools."

This week the Virginia House of Representatives will likely vote on a bill that would change that. Tens of thousands of home-schooled kids in the Commonwealth stand to benefit.

"This allows more scouts to look at you, and allows you to play with really good teams," Andrew Wilkinson said.

Opponents of the bill point out that some home-schooled kids have less rigorous schedules than their public school counterparts and that can give them more time to practice sports and create an uneven playing field.

But Wilkinon says her children do more work than most public school students and this would help them pursue their athletic dreams.

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