Spirit of Excellence

2021 Spirit of Excellence Gala

Presented by The Joella & Stewart Morris Foundation

Thursday, November 11, 2021

6:30 PM | Registration
7:00 PM | Awards, Dinner & Keynote Address

Attire: Campus Casual – Jeans and Jackets

Tickets Now Available! $300 each

At the Campus of Houston Christian University
7502 Fondren Rd
Houston, TX 77074

Spirit of Excellence Award

Esther Wong

President’s Award

Colonel Newton Cole

Dr. Barbara Taylor-Cox ’81 & Ray Cox ‘81

Houston Christian University Legacy Award

The Joella & Stewart Morris Foundation


Keynote Address by:Tim Tebow casual grey shirt

Tim Tebow

ESPN College Football Analyst, Heisman Trophy Winner, NCAA National Football Champion, New York Times Best-Selling Author



Tim Tebow is a two-time national champion, first-round NFL draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner. In addition, he serves as a college football analyst for ESPN. Prior to joining ESPN Tebow played three years in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. Tebow pursued a career in professional baseball as a member of the New York Mets organization before retiring in 2021. The same year he retired from baseball, Tebow returned to the NFL as a tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars but was released after one preseason game. Tebow returned to ESPN to resume his duties as a college football analyst and is set to be one of the guests in rotation for “First Take.”

Tebow is the author of three New York Times Best Selling books; Through My Eyes, which was named the #1 sports and religion book of 2011 and Shaken: “Discovering your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms” which released in 2016 and won the 2017 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Book of the Year. Tebow released his third New York Times bestseller, This Is The Day, in September of 2018.

Tim Tebow grew up the son of missionaries and has returned to the Philippines several times throughout his life to spread God’s word and do the Lord’s work by serving the needy.

The Tim Tebow Foundation was established in 2010 with the goal to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. The foundation fulfills this mission every day by making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses, building Timmy’s Playrooms in children’s hospitals, providing life-changing surgeries to children of the Philippines through the Tebow CURE Hospital, sponsoring Night to Shine, a nationwide prom and worldwide movement for people with special needs, providing care for orphans in six countries and adoption aid grants for families who choose to adopt an international child with special needs.

Tim is married to Demi-Leigh Tebow who is a South African model and former beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2017. She was crowned Miss South Africa 2017, and is the second Miss Universe winner from South Africa.