“Night to Shine” is taking place in more than 200 host churches in 48 states and around the world this Valentine’s Day weekend, giving teens with special needs who are 16 or older their own prom with red carpets, paparazzi and dancing.
“My inspiration was when I was 15 years old and I was at a school in a remote village in the Philippines and there was a boy who was shunned out of the event because his feet were on backwards, and what we want to do is fight for the people who can’t fight for themselves. That’s what it’s all about.” Tebow explained.
“It’s about people with special needs, it’s about giving them a voice, it is about celebrating them, it is about loving them and letting them know that their lives matter and that they are special, and giving them the time of their life.”
Last year’s “Night to Shine” event was actually Tebow’s first prom experience in his life. He was home-schooled through high school but was able to play football with a local school in Fort Lauderdale. But he didn’t go to prom.
As we know now, Newton ended up at Auburn, won the Heisman Trophy, became the No. 1 player selected in the NFL draft, won the NFL‘s Most Valuable Player and took the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl. Tebow never made it in the NFL, despite trying for four different teams.
Still, if Newton had only studied Tebow closer in college, he wouldn’t be in the post-Super Bowl PR predicament he is in right now.
If he had torn a page out of Tebow’s college playbook, Newton would be a hero right now instead of a heel; he’d be celebrated instead of castigated.
Newton is now being portrayed nationally as the sorest of losers after his Panthers were dismantled by the Denver Broncos defense in Super Bowl 50.
Understandably, Newton was angry and emotional after such a devastating defeat and didn’t really want to answer questions from the media. He chose to pout, sulk, give one- and two-word answers and then got up and walked away after a couple of minutes.
Likewise, Tebow didn’t want to answer questions after a monumental loss in college and walked away after a minute or two as well. Except he became a legend for it.
If Newton had only handled his tough loss like Tebow once did, “I promise you one thing, a lot of good would have come of it.” …