Braves veteran third baseman Chipper Jones has announced he plans to team up with fellow Jacksonville, Fla., native and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow to open a D1 Sports Training facility in Orlando.
The facility will contain an indoor turf field and a state-of-the-art weight room, along with a sports medicine and therapy clinic operated by the Orlando Orthopaedic Center, another co-owner in the business venture.
Jones, who plans to retire at the end of this season, told reporters in Miami on Wednesday he had never personally met Tebow, but respects the quarterback's strong faith and upbringing. As a long-time Florida Gators fan, Jones added that Tebow's college career didn't exactly hurt his decision.
Both players have a history with the D1 facilities, with Tebow having trained at D1 Nashville before the 2010 NFL Draft. Tebow also became a co-owner of the D1 facility in Savannah, Ga., in April 2011, then partnered with Jones as a co-owner of the Tampa facility this past January.
The latest complex is set to officially open June 25, making it the 16th such sports training facility. Along with Jones and Tebow, D1 has partnered with athletes like Peyton Manning, Ndamukong Suh, Philip Rivers, Herschel Walker and Heather Mitts to open facilities that provide people of all skill levels, 7 years or older, the opportunity to train and work out as if undergoing preparation to become a Division I college athlete.
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