Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine: All Guests Crowned Kings and Queens!
Written by Christi Given | April 3, 2016
Last month, the Tim Tebow Foundation hosted their annual Night to Shine prom for more than 32,000 special-needs kids (ages 16 and up), all of whom were individually crowned kings and queens of the evening. This amazing event, which had more than 70,000 volunteers, was hosted at more than 200 different churches in 48 states and in seven countries.
What a remarkable event, and what a godly representation of how we are to honor others, especially those in need. I am beyond inspired to see this man of God, Tim Tebow, use his platform for good—for the sake of those who never got a chance to go to prom, and to bless these special-needs young adults just as Jesus would have. What an example and a godly role model for our generation!
Highlights of the 2016 Night to Shine Prom: Watch the beautiful recap of the evening here.
Here are some of the details, hard work and investment going into putting on this annual event. The Tim Tebow Foundation provides the finances for each hosting church, instructions, a prom kit, decorations and gifts for the prom attendees, and more!
The Royal Treatment
Each special-needs guest, when they arrive at the event, gets to walk on the red carpet, being greeted by paparazzi, then led to get their hair and makeup done at the set stations. There are flowers provided for the boutonnieres, the corsages and more! They also have a shoe-shining area for the guests, and each individual is crowned as a king or queen, either with a tiara for the girls or a crown for the guys.
I don’t know about you, but my heart is overjoyed by hearing how the guests are welcomed and treated. This reminds me of the verse in 1 Peter 2:9—how we are ALL heirs to God’s Kingdom as children of God.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
As the celebration continues, there is dancing, karaoke, photographers and music. Each guest is lavished on and truly feels like royalty! Would you pray for each event, and even spread the word to your church? The event is by invitation only for those with special needs, but there is ample opportunity to volunteer, to pray, to donate and to get involved. Go to the official website to find out more information and learn how YOU can stand with the TT Foundation.
The Night to Shine Mission: God’s Love
Pro athlete and Night to Shine (NTS) founder Tim Tebow shares what the NTS is all about and, as he explains on the Tim Tebow Foundation YouTube channel, he initiated the event to show special-needs kids that they are special, important and loved. Tebow wants to especially express to the kids and volunteers attending that they are loved by the Almighty God! He wants the guests to know that God has a special plan for each of their lives and loves them just the way that they are! (Jeremiah 1:5, Jeremiah 29:11)
Click here to watch Tebow speak about the NTS event.
The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Make sure to hashtag #NighttoShine to follow the foundation on social media and to keep up with the registration information.
Tweet: “I’m standing with TTF as they continue their worldwide movement to honor those with special needs. Join the movement #NightToShine.”
PI Girls, don’t you just love this mission and idea to honor special-needs teens? Comment below if you have participated or plan on somehow getting involved!
Find Christi Given on social media: @christigiven.