Calling it their “Night to Shine,” special-needs teens from coast to coast who are 16 and older can thank former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow for sponsoring almost four dozen proms just for them.
The events held by the nonprofit Christian Tim Tebow Foundation will be simultaneously hosted at nearly two dozen churches during Valentine’s weekend on February 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. The foundation’s goal in October was to partner with 50 churches and have them sign on for this year’s event. That month alone, 23 churches committed to participate from cities across the nation. The Foundation now reports that 46 churches – two of them in Africa – have signed up to host an event.
Helping those youngsters create fond memories that will last a lifetime, Tebow is excited to reach out to teens who ordinarily wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime event commonly experienced by peers their age.
The current ESPN college football analyst is sponsoring the event in commemoration of his Foundation’s five-year anniversary of helping and reaching out to children throughout the world with the love and provisions of Jesus Christ.
A night to remember
The proms are free and open to special-needs children who are at least 16 years of age. Amenities being covered include limousine rides, hairstyling, makeup application, flowers, professional photography, shoe shines, food, games and more. In addition, the teens can also enjoy a special ceremony where they can be recipients of a crown or tiara.
Each teenager participating in the event will be greeted at the door with a red carpet entrance, complete with paparazzi. There, they will be introduced to a buddy who will individually accompany them as hosts throughout the evening of the prom.
At many of the church-hosted prom events held across America, at least 100 youngsters with special needs are expected to attend.
“We are so excited to be able to create this opportunity for thousands of people around the country with special needs,” Tebow, 27, proclaimed in a statement released from his foundation about the “Night to Shine” proms. “This event perfectly fits our mission to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.”
The former Denver Bronco/New York Jet/New England Patriot quarterback known for wearing his Christian faith on his sleeve wanted to ensure that special-needs teens throughout the country were given a chance to enjoy a special prom of their own.
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Michael F. Haverluck