Special Needs Ministry

At the Tim Tebow Foundation, we believe that every child of God is uniquely created and inherently worthy of love, and so as we love Him, we love all others. Through Night to Shine, Shine On, and International Special Needs Resource Centers, we work to act on our calling to love people and families living with disability.


It is estimated that 16% of the world’s population lives with a disability­—and is one of the largest, under-reached people groups in the world for the Gospel. 

In many countries around the globe, people with special needs are viewed as a burden or cursed within their community, making them some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Often, people living with disabilities are denied the same opportunities as their peers to feel included, celebrated, and valued. Our hope and prayer is that all those living with disabilities will come to know the transforming power of Christ’s love for them and experience belonging not only in their communities but also in the Church. 

At the Tim Tebow Foundation, we believe that every child of God is uniquely created and inherently worthy of love. Through relationships with ministry partners serving people with disabilities and hundreds of churches around the world, we seek to bring Faith, Hope and Love to as many people with special needs as possible. 

Our Initiatives

Boy standing on red carpet. Night to Shine event

Night to Shine

In 2014, what started as a unique way to celebrate the foundation’s 5-year anniversary, sparked what is now a worldwide movement. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older that has reached 56 different countries. Each year on the Friday before Valentine’s Day, tens of thousands of people with special needs all over the world are celebrated as royalty – the way God sees them every day.

Smiling boy in wheelchair - Art in hands, Shine On

Shine On

After the success and growth of Night to Shine, families and church leaders expressed a deep need for community and celebration beyond one night a year. To support and encourage this growth, Shine On, a ministry of the Tim Tebow Foundation, was established as a faith-based community—a source of inspiration, belonging, and education for everyone impacted by disability. Shine On envisions a global community of churches and families that foster belonging and purpose for all. 

Woman hugging children on street

Special Needs Resource Centers

TTF is working alongside ministry partners in Albania, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, and Uganda to strategically fortify and multiply multi-resource centers providing access to medical care, education, therapy, and development for families and children in developing countries around the world. 

Children at Raising Light Ridge

Rising Light Ridge

Rising Light Ridge will be a barrier-free ministry campus where all are celebrated as God’s children and His image-bearers. The campus will be set on an awe-inspiring 3,000-acre property within the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. This ideal location is perfect for experiencing the beauty of God’s creation in an environment designed and constructed to welcome and encourage all to participate together, regardless of ability or circumstance. 

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