According to the Catholic News Service, the Vatican is recruiting Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow to help encourage morality in sports.
The two athletes are being invited to a "We Believe in Sports" international conference. The event is being put on by The Pontifical Council for Culture. CNS reports that Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, the head of the council's Culture and Sport section, hopes to provide examples of people who demonstrate that faith and sports are compatible. That's where Lin and Tebow come into the picture.
This comes at a turbulent time in the sports world, with Lance Armstrong admitting to doping for all of his Tour de France victories and performance enhancers dominating Baseball Hall of Fame talk.
Both Lin and Tebow have been vocal in expressing their faith. The two are virtually the faces in all of sports for embodying strong moral principles and combining faith with that.
The following reasons were listed by CNS as reasons Msgr. Sanchez de Toca wanted to hold the conference:
A) "to help put healthy values back into sport and counteract the current market logic, because if the current state of affairs continues, all is lost."
B) to help the church see sport as an important resource for future priests, Cathlic schools, parishes and catechists.