'This has gone way past a shirt' | Bullied Florida boy's UT shirt spreads message of kindness throughout the world
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — A viral social media post is spreading not only Volunteer spirit around the world, but also an important message.
Just a few scribbles and uneven letters have touched hearts from all over. It all stems from a kid in Florida who wanted to show off his Volunteer spirit, but was bullied in return.
Now, the world knows his story and wants to show support.
As of Monday night, more than 16,000 shirts had been sold.
The shirt has now become even larger than life with a display of it on UT's campus at the Rock.
The University of Tennessee issued the following statement Monday afternoon:
“As the Volunteers, the University of Tennessee believes in putting others before ourselves. We’re so glad we were able to support this student, put a smile on his face and bring more orange into his life. In the true spirit of UT, alumni, fans and honorary Volunteers around the world have stepped up. Pre-sales of the shirt have reached more than 16,000. All proceeds from the sales will go to the non-profit STOMP Out Bullying.”
The Vol Shop is selling the t-shirts for $14.99. People can buy the shirts on pre-order, with a delivery date expected in late September. Want to buy the shirt yourself? Click here.
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