Tim Tebow’s prom project promotes a more inclusive Valentine’s Day

Best prom date ever! The athlete’s ‘A Night to Shine’ initiative makes us weak in the knees.

Tim Tebow and a guest of Night to Shine, 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation

Many of my single friends have a love-hate relationship with Tim Tebow. And by that I mean that they love his kind heart, his good looks, his athletic abilities … and they hate that he just keeps making himself easier to love—and frankly, pine over.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Tebow continues to makes women everywhere sigh with admiration, but not just for the reasons my single lady friends listed above. It’s because once again Tebow is taking a lead role in a beautiful project, one that he launched two years ago in partnership with churches across the globe called, ‘A Night to Shine.’

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Started by Tebow in 2015, ‘A Night to Shine,’ is a prom-like Valentine’s Day event for people with special needs. Attendees are often people who may have never experienced a prom at school. But these events are so much more than just your typical prom. First, ‘A Night to Shine’ is totally free. Second, guests are welcomed with a red carpet and then ushered into rooms where they can get their hair and makeup done before an evening full of singing karaoke or dancing. And each and every attendee is crowned king or queen.

Night to Shine 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation
[slider_item attachment="64522" alt="Night to Shine"]Night to Shine 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation
Night to Shine 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation
Night to Shine 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation
Night to Shine 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation
Night to Shine 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation
Night to Shine 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation
Night to Shine 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation
Night to Shine 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation
Night to Shine 2016. Photo courtesy the Tim Tebow Foundation

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Perhaps the most remarkable part of this initiative is that there are many prom events held in many places; it’s not a one-time, one-place deal. This Valentine’s Day, 375 churches in 11 different countries will host ‘A Night to Shine’ events. Though Tebow obviously won’t attend every single one of the dances, his spirit is certain to be there either way.

It’s this spirit of love and kindness is what endears Tebow to so many, regardless of his athletic career or what teams you root for. (Especially since this is from a man who got mocked for his displays of faith and suffered the embarrassment of being cut from his team.) Many in his position might have slunk away, happy to hide from press or projects like this one. Instead, Tebow continues to use his position to continue to help and inspire others.

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Frankly, it endears him to more than just my single friends. The way he continues to live his life and his commitment to others makes him easy to love at Valentine’s Day and beyond.

 

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Caryn Rivadeneira
Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Rivadeneira is the author of five books and is a columnist for Her.meneutics and ThinkChristian. She lives outside Chicago with her husband, three kids, and one red-nose pit bull. Visit her at carynrivadeneira.com.

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