Tim Tebow's Foundation Hosts Nationwide Special Needs Prom

Forty-five churches and 15,000 volunteers partnered with the former NFL star for the charitable event.

The Tim Tebow Foundation partnered with 45 churches and 15,000 volunteers to host proms for people with special needs on its "Night to Shine" Friday evening.

In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the foundation sponsored 7,000 participants in 26 states and three countries (U.S., Uganda and Kenya) for the Valentine's eve affair. Attendees enjoyed an evening filled with complimentary hair and makeup stations, shoeshines, food and beverages, a dance floor and a red carpet complete with paparazzi.

Participants received boutonnieres, corsages, crowns and tiaras to pair with their suits and dresses; the gents were dubbed "Prom King" and the ladies, "Prom Queen."

"Just landed in the first city. Can't quite tell you where I'm at right now," Tim Tebow said in a video message on his foundation's Instagram. " I can't wait to see these kids and put smiles on their faces — truly is special."

Tebow jet set to make numerous surprise appearances at churches across America. At one of his first stops, the SEC analyst took on the role as shoe-shiner for a Prom King.

"Blessed to be with these Kings and Queens tonight! #nighttoshine," Tebow posted on social media.

"The night was about one thing: making our beloved friends with disabilities feel valued and special," Crossroads Church Disabilities volunteer Kyle Mendoza said. "In a world where most of them get made fun of daily, to be able to serve them was a blessing to all."

The former NFL quarterback's foundation opened the Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines in Dec. 2014, which provides pediatric orthopedic surgical care to children.


Shoe shines at NightToShine!

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A hug from a Queen, my special night! #nighttoshine

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Blessed to be with these Kings and Queens tonight! #nighttoshine

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