Special needs teens have their "Night to Shine" at prom

Special needs teens have their "Night to Shine" at prom
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It was a night to shine for hundreds with special needs in Memphis. They were able to attend their very own prom where judgment and criticism were checked at the door.

"It's really cool that someone would take the chance to give special needs kids a chance to go to prom," Kathy Coleman said.

Hope Church partnered with the Tim Tebow Foundation to put on this prom experience that was open to anyone with special needs over the age of 16.

"And they are ecstatic," PK Oates said.

Oates' son, Mackie, was among the older attendees.

"He's got his two women walking him around and he is as happy as can be," Oates said.

It's an entirely new thing for individuals with special needs to be able to have their own prom and be treated like their peers.

Participants, each a king and queen, entered the church like celebrities on their very own red carpet. There was even a spot to get all glammed up. That is, for those who didn't do it beforehand, like siblings Kyle and Courtney Krebs.

"You know, we'll never see her get married so it's kind of a good thing to go out and pick a nice dress that she wears," Carlene Krebs said.

Limo rides around the parking lot completed the prom experience and provided a chance, more than anything, to just be like everyone else.

In addition to Hope Church, an additional 200 other churches in 48 states and other countries hosted "Night to Shine" events.

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