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“Join Us in Prayer”: Devastated Simone Biles’ Sister-in-Law’s Crushing Update for Children Moves Americans to Tears

Published 09/26/2023, 8:57 AM EDT

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Gymnastics queen Simone Biles will be setting foot in Antwerp, on 30th September for the most anticipated World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. As she strives to add further laurels to her career in Belgium, her fandom is abuzz with thrill and excitement. However, while the anticipation is in full swing on one hand, on the other hand, a heart-breaking story has been shared by her sister-in-law Sammi Biles, who joined forces with former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to pull off the curtains from a very concerning subject.

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American broadcaster and former football quarterback Tim Tebow not only asserted his dominance in his beloved NFL realm, but he also continues to inspire millions through his philanthropic acts. More so, ‘The Mile-High Messiah’ never shies away from voicing his concerns for the children’s safety and welfare. Along similar lines, he once again raised his voice against the pressing issues prevailing in South Africa. Joining him in his pursuit is Simone Biles’ sister-in-law, Sammi Biles.

Simone Biles’ sister-in-law shares a heart-wrenching story


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In an Instagram story, Sammi Biles, shared a heart-breaking update. She re-shared a post from former football quarterback Tim Tebow.

In the picture, there was a small baby wrapped up in warm clothes and a blanket. However, the caption of the post revealed a somber story. It read, “It’s crushing to say this isn’t uncommon but wanted to share it so that you can see reality, and be praying for some of the Most Vulnerable People around the world.” The post further recounts a recent incident involving the Impact Africa team in South Africa, where they discovered a lifeless baby abandoned on the ground.


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Sammi Biles re-shared the post with crying emoticons and joined hands, and wrote alongside this story, “Join us in prayer- Heartbreaking”.  Sammi has in the past come out in public with her struggles of conceiving her baby Ronni Biles. Ronni Biles was conceived via IVF. However, this wasn’t about Ronni Biles, but as a mother, she probably connected with the photo and the gut-wrenching story it said.


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Tim Tebow shared a story from their partners at Impact Africa about how they welcomed a new baby into the Tim Tebow Foundation Promise House after she was safely left in one of their baby safes. Simultaneously, he also informed about another abandoned baby they found, even though it was tragically too late. He spoke about the incident where, in Johannesburg, a community member came looking for someone from their team who lived nearby and narrated the horrifying tale.

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Tim Tebow shed light on the stark reality

In his post, Tim Tebow stated, “Our representative hurried to find a fully developed baby lying on the ground in the middle of a walkway. The little unclothed body was peeking out of a plastic bag. When she took a closer look, she realized that it was too late—the baby showed no signs of life, and it was unclear how long the little one had been abandoned on the ground”. He further wrote how this heart-breaking incident is, sadly, not uncommon.

According to Tebow, it is estimated that over three babies are abandoned every single day in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many are left on the streets, in toilets, and in dumpsters. In a final plea, he asked followers to join in prayer for the dedicated team at Impact Baby Rescue, who tirelessly provide counseling, education, and care for mothers and babies each day.


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In the wake of this incident, Sammi Biles’s reshare of the post shows her empathy towards extending a helping hand to the vulnerable, shedding light on the stark realities that exist.

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Christaline Meyers


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Christaline Meyers is a pro-writer for Essentially Sports. Having contributed to movies and web series, Christaline delved into sports journalism and like the puck on the ice, has been a force to be reckoned with in the US sports arena. Her experience in writing about the latest WSL event, the recent track and field record, and creative gymnastics routines, found her digging deeper into the minds of legends like Kelly Slater, Usain Bolt, and Simone Biles.
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