Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Tim Tebow's 'Night to Shine' hosts 537 proms worldwide for people with special needs

Tonight, over 500 churches 16 countries, with 175,000 volunteers will join Tim Tebow in the 5th annual “Night to Shine” prom event to give people with special needs a chance to be celebrated and loved.

“There’s red carpet, karaoke, paparazzi and the best part is every single one of them is crowned king or queen. Over 100,000 kings and queens,” Tebow told Jimmy Fallon Thursday Night.

The idea began with holding the event at one church. Then, the former Florida Gators quarterback and his team at the Tim Tebow Foundation decided to significantly expand the operation and its first “Night to Shine,” five years ago, had over 40 churches involved. Then the next year the event began to really take off.

“We serve a really big God,” Tebow said in a promotional video for the event. “And He started to open up doors and the next year we had 201 churches and we continue to grow and grow and this year, over 500 churches from 16 countries, 175,000 volunteers are rallying together to celebrate over 90,000 kings and queens of the prom.”

“It’s my favorite night of the year and we get to change so many lives,” Tebow said in a video promoting the event. “Honestly, it’s not just the night of their life where they get to dance, and they get to have fun. They get to ride in limos, they get to walk down red carpets.”

Tim Tebow at the Night to Shine event with a beautiful young lady in February 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Tim Tebow Foundation)

Each “Night to Shine” provides an unbelievably special evening, welcoming honored guests with the royal treatment: tuxedos and shoe shining stations for the kings, and gorgeous dresses and hair and makeup stations for the queens, along with corsages and boutonnieres. Each guest arrives to a cheering crowd and paparazzi as they walk down the red carpet. Once inside, they enjoy a night of dancing, karaoke and gifts to remember the night.

To open up the event to even more people, the Tim Tebow Foundation features a livestream. You can learn more by going to TimTebowFoundation.org.