More than 500 congregations across the United States and some foreign countries have agreed to host “Night to Shine” events, which are Tim Tebow Foundation-sponsored proms for special needs youth, in 2018.
That marks a tenfold increase from 2015, when the first “Night to Shine” was held, according to a statement emailed to supporters on Monday.
“Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older,” notes the foundation’s website.
Earlier this year, 375 churches from around the world hosted Night to Shine for 75,000 honored guests.
A native of the Philippines and a devout Christian, Tebow gained notoriety for his accomplishments as quarterback with the University of Florida Gators before being drafted to the NFL’s Denver Broncos in 2010.
Tebow garnered national headlines for his quarterbacking the Broncos and was credited by some with getting the team to the 2011 playoffs.
In 2012, the Broncos traded Tebow to the New York Jets. From there, Tebow was briefly with other NFL teams, including the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski