Night To Shine

Story by WVUA 23’s Grace Campbell.

Friday was the sixth annual worldwide Night to Shine prom experience, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

For the past three years, Tuscaloosa’s Valley View Baptist Church has participated in the special night that celebrates people with special needs.

“Love on these individuals, love on their families, and show them that Jesus loves them and cares for them,” Valley View Baptist Church associate Pastor Drew Dockery said. “In his eyes and in our eyes, they are kings and queens, and they are worthy of being celebrated that they are so very special.”

Over 200 kings and queens danced the night away and had an unforgettable prom night experience.

The Tim Tebow Foundation teaches people that no matter what, they can get through hardships and that all they have to do is keep fighting through whatever life throws at them.

“It’s going to be okay, and they’re going to have to put up a struggle and fight,” Prom Queen Alex Hughey said. “That’s what I love about the Night to Shine Foundation – it teaches me how to get up and fight every day, and I just want to make all kinds of new friends today and knowing it’s going to be okay.”

Every year the participating churches will give those with special needs prom dresses, shoe shinings, flowers and more of the royal treatment.

“It’s very special to have this prom night,” Prom King Ian Terry said, “This is very special, this year, 2020, it’s all about just the future.”

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