Disability-Focused Proms Expected To Draw 7,000
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is organizing 45 proms around the world on one night just for people with special needs.
Churches in 26 different states and in Uganda and Kenya are scheduled to host the parties on Feb. 13.
The events — which are expected to draw some 7,000 people with disabilities — will each come complete with a red-carpet entrance, paparazzi, limousine rides, hair and makeup stations, shoe shines and, of course, a dance floor and food.
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“It’s not just me, it’s not just our foundation, but it is all 45 churches and volunteers in 26 states, three countries, coming together to show love and make a difference in more than 7,000 lives,” Tebow said in a statement. “The special needs community will shine on this night.”
The Tim Tebow Foundation is providing $600,000 in funding for the “Night to Shine” proms, which are open to individuals ages 16 and older. Additionally, the nonprofit said it worked with groups serving those with special needs to put together a manual for organizations hosting the events.
Erik Dellenback, executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation, said the group was inspired to sponsor proms for people with disabilities after experiencing a similar event at a church last year. Dellenback said they hope to make the proms an annual event.