Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine’ celebrates 90,000 people with special needs worldwide



Tim Tebow reflects on hosting ‘Night to Shine’ proms

Evening honors special needs teenagers

The “Night to Shine” is one of Tim Tebow’s favourite days of the year.

In the MVP style, the outspoken Christian athlete — a college football star who became an NFL quarterback and is now trying to climb the ranks to Major League Baseball — is hosting the fourth annual prom night focused on showing God’s love to thousands of people with special needs in locations around the world.

“It is my favorite night of the year and we get to change so many lives,” Tebow said in a video promotion of the event. “To be honest, it is not only the evening of their life where they dance, and they get to have fun. They get to ride in limos, they get to walk down the red carpet.”

Tim Tebow and an honored guest walking hand in hand along the red carpet a Night to Shine” February 10, 2017.

(Tim Tebow Foundation)

He added: “It is so much more than life, because maybe for the first time, they realize that they’re worth it. They realize that they are special. They realize that they are loved. There is not much more than that.”

The idea started with the holding of the event in a church. Then, the former Florida Gators quarterback and his team at the Tim Tebow Foundation decided to significantly expand the operation.

This year is the “Night to Shine” has spread to 540 churches in 16 countries, with 175,000 volunteers are needed on the big night that celebrates more than 90,000 “kings” and “queens.”

Two VIPs dance together in a “Night to Shine” February 10, 2017.

(Tim Tebow Foundation)

Just as in the past years, Tebow plans to make surprise visits at different locations.

“I’m going to love those kids,” Tebow said. “I’m going to make them feel special, and at the end of the night, when they crowned the king or queen of the ball, hopefully they realize that the God of this universe loves them so much and has a special unique plan and purpose for their life. We get to show that with how much we love them.”

American Residential Services is the big night of the global corporate sponsor for the second year in a row, while partners such as the men’s Wearhouse offer special discounts for designer tuxes and donating part of the proceeds to the Tim Tebow Foundation. Other sponsors include the 3 Musketeers, Firehouse Subs, SecureSearch, Shindigz, and Thrivent Financial.

A chosen queen goes on the red carpet at a “Night to Shine” February 10, 2017.

(Tim Tebow Foundation)

Every Night to Shine” welcomes its honored guests with the royal treatment: a tuxedo and a shoe cleaning stations for the kings, and the gorgeous dresses and hair and make-up stations for the queens, together with corsages and boutonnieres. Every guest arrives to a cheering crowd and paparazzi as they walk along the red carpet. Once inside, they enjoy a night of dancing, karaoke, and gifts to remember the night.

For an event to even more people, the Tim Tebow Foundation has a livestream.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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