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Tampa Shriners Hospital gets a gift from the Tim Tebow Foundation: Timmy's Playroom

Tampa Shriners Hospital gets a gift from the Tim Tebow Foundation: Timmy's Playroom

Patients at the Tampa Shriners Hospital have an inviting place to play and relax, thanks to the generosity of football star Tim Tebow.

The hospital recently became the newest health care provider to open an official Timmy’s Playroom. Timmy’s Playrooms are unique, custom-built spaces designed and gifted by the foundation to bring faith, hope and love to patients and their families while they undergo treatment, many times during extended hospital stays.

This is the second Timmy's Playroom in the Shriners Hospitals for Children system. The Tampa Shriners Hospital joins Shriners Hospitals for Children — Shreveport as a host to one of these special play areas, which have served nearly 5,000 patients and family members. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa is the only hospital in the Tampa Bay area to be the site of a Timmy’s Playroom.

“We want to thank the staff of the Tim Tebow Foundation for their generous donation,” said Alicia Argiz-Lyons, the hospital’s development director. “Our patients will enjoy their new colorful, fun environment while they are waiting for their imaging to be completed.”

Though located in the radiology department, Timmy’s Playroom is open to all patients, regardless of which department is providing their care.

The idea for these one-of-a-kind rooms was formed while founder and chairman of the Tim Tebow Foundation, Tim Tebow, was still in college at the University of Florida. While there, Tebow would visit long-term care patients to encourage them.

“After seeing children stuck in their hospital rooms without somewhere to have fun and be a kid, I knew I wanted to create a place where they could take a break from their medical treatments and play games and hang out with other kids, all in a really cool environment,” Mr. Tebow said.

Timmy’s Playrooms are created to provide an atmosphere that allows children to take their minds off of their medical treatment and just be kids. Each playroom is completely customized with a football field floor, custom wall graphics, a table for arts and crafts, specially-built lockers, a Bible verse banner, inspirational quotes, and a Jumbotron entertainment center stocked with the latest video games, DVDs and electronics.

Carol Harrell, director of the radiology department said the kids love the games, movies and craft table in Timmy’s Playroom.

But, “Their favorites are the chairs,” she said pointing out the mushroom shaped stools near the couch. “They like the fact that they can bounce on them.”

Inside Timmy's PLayroom