Tim Tebow Stops By Special Needs Prom Sponsored By His Charity

Former NFL quarterback and all-around good guy Tim Tebow stopped by a church in North Carolina Friday night to be the guest of honor at a prom for special needs adults, WGHP is reporting.

First Christian Church of Kernersville, like a few dozen churches throughout the country, hosted the “Night to Shine,” a prom for adults with special needs who might not have gotten the chance to experience an actual prom in high school. And the congregation went all-out.

“Some 200 volunteers have been busy in recent days turning the church’s worship center into a glitzy ballroom.”

Other volunteers helped the “Kings and Queens” with hair, makeup, and getting dressed up to the nines.

What the church didn’t expect was Tim Tebow himself to show up.

Actually, the church knew that Tim would show up at some churches, somewhere, since he had been dropping hints on social media that he’d be making surprise visits at one or more of his proms. But they didn’t know for certain it was going to be theirs.

For the Kings and Queens who attended the prom, it was a night they’ll never forget. A young lady named Kendra told a WGBH reporter that she’d been counting down the days until her “Night to Shine.” Asked what her favorite part of the prom was, she didn’t skip a beat. “The dancing!”

The church’s pastor, Tim Bussey, explained why his congregation chose to host the “Night to Shine” for the special needs people in his community.

“We’re just called, as the Church, to help all folks, regardless of what’s going on in their life and who they are or what they are. We just want them to know that we love them.”

Since retiring from his brief NFL career, Tim Tebow has focused on his job as an analyst on the SEC Network and on his charity, the Tim Tebow Foundation. “Night to Shine” is just one of many projects the Foundation supports.

“This nationwide event will take place on February 13, 2015, simultaneously at participating churches across the country. Each prom will include special elements, consisting of a red carpet entrance with paparazzi, limousine rides, hair and makeup beauty stations, shoeshines, a dance floor, food and much more. At least 100 people with special needs are expected to be in attendance at each church for this nationwide event.”

Tim Tebow made a surprise appearance at one other “Night to Shine” prom: at a church in Brookwood, South Carolina.

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