Billy Graham who suffered periodic attacks of influenza when he was a young boy, first came to Florida because the doctors hoped that a warm climate would restore his health. However, in terms of his career in evangelism, his decision to move South seems almost providential, for as a student at the Florida Bible Institute in Tampa in the 1930s, he was exposed to a veritable “Who’s Who” of evangelical giants. As a high school student, Billy had accepted the claims of Jesus Christ on his life and had surrendered his life to Christ in a revival service held in his home town of Charlotte, North Carolina. Yet his vocational plans were nebulous when he graduated in June 1936. At that time Billy thought he might become “a Christian baseball player or a farmer.“
"Billy Graham In Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 60
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol60/iss2/5