A young Tennessee fan’s homemade T-shirt design has gone viral to the point that the university store is selling thousands of its version.
Earlier this month, a teacher in Florida made a Facebook post about a student who wanted to participate in “College Colors” day at his school, but didn’t have a Tennessee shirt. So he made a homemade shirt and wore it to school. However, he was bullied by a couple of classmates at lunch, and the teacher said he became so upset that he cried in her classroom.
Soon after her post went public and spread around social media, loads of Tennessee and college football fans sent shirts and loads of support. Tennessee’s famous Rock also displayed the T-shirt design earlier this week.
Her followup post said this: “UT really outdid themselves!! I was so excited to surprise my student today!! I’m not even sure I can put into words his reaction. It was so heartwarming. My student was so amazed at all the goodies in the box. He proudly put on the jersey and one of the many hats in the box. All who saw had either goosebumps or tears while we explained that he had inspired and touched the lives of so many people. When I told him that his design was being made into a real shirt and people wanted to wear it, his jaw dropped. He had a big smile on his face, walked taller, and I could tell his confidence grew today! Thank you to the UT Nation for that!!”
Now Tennessee’s Director of Media Relations Tyra E. Haag said in a statement that demand was so high that the store’s website crashed last weekend and it has sold more than 16,000 shirts. Haag said the university is not profiting from the $14.99 shirts. It costs $7.50 per shirt to print and the rest of the money will be donated to the charity Stomp Out Bullying.
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