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This Prom Night Puts Kids With Special Needs in the Spotlight

March 21, 2019
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This Prom Night Puts Kids With Special Needs in the Spotlight
Joshua O'Connor
It’s not every day that children with special needs get to enjoy the spotlight. Night to Shine, an annual prom hosted by the Tim Tebow Foundation, is working to change that.

Many children will encounter bullying at some point in their lives. But children with special needs are especially at risk, and this bullying can wreak long-term psychological damage: According to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, being left out, ignored or bullied by peers is one of the main reasons children with special needs report symptoms of anxiety and depression.

In an effort to change this, the Tim Tebow Foundation hosts Night to Shine, an annual prom night experience for children with special needs. The nonprofit is led by the former star athlete and 200,000 volunteers worldwide, who are paired with guests as “buddies” for the evening.

Guests can dress up and have their makeup and hair done, as they might do for a real high-school prom, but instead of the prom having just one king and queen, each attendee leaves the event with a crown.

The event is one of the organization’s highlights of the year. Watch the above video to learn more about Night to Shine and the Tim Tebow Foundation.

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