Night to Shine: Tebow’s Special Needs Ministry

Through our special needs resources blogs, we’ve worked to showcase other organizations working to service the special needs community. We jump at the chance to spotlight movements that help those with special needs and serve God simultaneously. A company founded on Christian values ourselves, we appreciate the effort that professional athlete Tim Tebow has made for the special needs population around the nation. It’s important to us to see God’s love shine on through a national effort like Night to Shine.


What Is Night to Shine?

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Night to Shine is a prom night experience for special needs teens sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Starting in 2014, Tim Tebow rallied with churches all around the country to host proms for adolescents with special needs, ages 14 and older. In its first year, Night to Shine was held in three countries, including the United States. 


The first Night to Shine served 7,000 guests, but Night to Shine 2020 event served over 100,000. The movement grew from 44 participating churches to over 700.


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How Does the Tim Tebow Foundation Make a Difference for Children with Special Needs Ages 14 and Older?


How does a special needs prom make any lasting impact at all for children with disabilities? For those who are unfamiliar with the limited resources available for teenagers with special needs, a special needs prom night might not seem that revolutionary.


However, the special needs population is one of the most marginalized groups in the world, the most if you break down each individual disability. While public schools are working to be more inclusive, it’s unlikely that teenagers with autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy will find more than a handful of students who look like them — if they’re lucky.


Night to Shine is the chance for teenagers with special needs to feel just like any other teenager: to dance, to play, to dress up, to hang out with their friends, to feel independent. It’s not just a night of fun, but a chance to make new, lasting friendships and a time to build confidence.


Dancing Is a Workout: How Exercise Helps People with Special Needs


Besides helping special needs teens feel more connected with one another and more connected with God, Night to Shine also gets attendees to feel the music and express themselves through dance. It’s not just a fun way to pass the time: Dancing is a serious cardio workout.


But why is that important? Who cares if people with special needs get exercise? Well, we do! And so does Tim Tebow apparently.


Exercise can help teens with adolescents in a number of ways:


  1. It can help combat obesity, which is especially prevalent in the special needs population.
  2. Exercise quells feelings of restlessness and makes fidgeting and hyperactivity less common.
  3. It can calm the nervous system, retraining the fight-or-flight response, making emotional outbursts less likely.
  4. Exercise promotes longevity of health and life.
  5. Cardiovascular exercise is especially good for the heart and respiratory system.

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Fitness for Special Needs


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All of our trainers know how to assess the fitness level for clients with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and more. Furthermore, they know how to modify exercises so that anyone can complete them, regardless of their ability level. We’re a North Texas-based company. Find a location near you.


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Other Special Needs Resources


If you have a special needs teen in the North Texas area, then you’ll be happy to discover these special needs resources, which we also explore on our website. Whether you need a chiropractor, a school or speech therapy center to help your child with special needs, we’re connected with an organization that can help.






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