“Night to Shine,” an initiative sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, is set to hold in-person prom events to celebrate people with special needs around the world for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The celebration, which will take place on the evening of Friday, February 10, is open for anyone living with disabilities to attend at one of the more than 600 host churches around the world. While each local event is different, featured activities include a red carpet welcome for guests, limo rides, karaoke, and dancing.
Tebow’s foundation began the annual event in 2015 with 44 partner churches, expanding the scope of the celebration to 721 churches by February 2020, holding its last in-person event just one month before the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in widespread shelter-in-place orders.
Throughout the pandemic, “Night to Shine” has adapted to drive-thru events and virtual celebrations.
“COVID can cancel a lot of things, but it can’t cancel worth and value and love for people,” Tebow said in a promotional video.
“It’s a dream come true to see so many come together around the world to experience Night to Shine on this one night & to see each face reflect the love of Christ in their joyful smiles & beautiful spirits,” Tebow tweeted on Friday morning. “So thankful to have a front row seat & watch God at work, truly humbling!”
Attached to the tweet was a video that featured highlights from previous “Night to Shine” events, in which Tebow could be seen walking some guests down the red carpet, dancing with others, and participating in the “crowning” event wherein guests are honored as prom kings and queens.
Since his rise to stardom, Tebow has often used his platform and resources to champion philanthropic endeavors and promote a message of faith in Jesus, speaking at events such as the Passion conference and authoring multiple faith-based books.
An outpouring of support for the professional athlete turned speaker and author and the work of his foundation could be found below Tebow’s tweet.