If teen movies have taught us anything, it’s that our high school prom takes four years of petty divisions, quixotic battles and personal melodramas and condenses them into one epic extravaganza where poetic justice is meted out and all loose ends tied.
Another thing teen movies have taught us is to never believe anything we see in teen movies is real. In reality, prom is—like most things in life—pretty much what you make of it.
So while prom night can be anything from a non-event to a huge, limo-driven spectacle showcasing how much money parents are willing to waste, for most people it’s just a good excuse to get dressed up, stay out late and drink bottom-shelf liquor out of a Pepsi bottle.
However, reality has never fully freed itself from fiction, so there are exceptions to the norm—prom nights that become local curiosities or even national news stories. And there are few things guaranteed to make that happen like scoring a date with a celebrity.
Sometimes the celebrity prom date is a feel good story that tugs at the heartstrings. Other times it’s nothing more than a bossy teenager menacing a celebrity on social media until they say yes. Either way, it tends to make headlines—even if the invitation is declined.
Here are some people in sports who have accepted (and declined) prom invitations from fans.