Knoxville church gives kids with special needs a “Night to Shine”

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A Knoxville church gave children with special needs their “Night to Shine” Friday night.

Black Oak Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville held an event through the Tim Tebow Foundation called ‘A Night to Shine.’ That’s a prom held for teenagers with special needs.


“Most of us have that prom experience. The date, the boutonniere. We took pictures and all that. However, for those with special needs, when did they have an opportunity for them to do that in an environment that was appropriate for them,” said Senior Pastor Todd Stinnett. “So, here at a night to shine, we have a sensory room if someone gets over stimulated. It’s all focused on them. It’s a prom event that has every detail of their lives in mind.”

Black Oak Heights Baptist Church filed for a grant through the Tim Tebow Foundation to help fund this event. Vendors in Knoxville also helped the church with the funds.

Richard Battershell brought his sister to the prom.


“This is a really great event. it’s exciting to see, my sister has never really got to experience this before.To have all this, it’s amazing,” said Battershell. “My wife picked her up today, she got her hair done and did her make up and nails.It’s been a good time for Kimberly.”

According to the Tim Tebow Foundation, more than 540 churches from across the world participated in a ‘Night to Shine.

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