Remember that story about the young University of Tennessee fan who made his own collegiate day T-shirt to support the school’s Volunteers and got teased for it?
Then his teacher’s post about it went viral and he got a bunch of UT gear — and his T-shirt design was made into an official UT product . Then he got offered a four-year scholarship to UT.
And now the UT marching band is wearing the shirt he designed!
The UT band program, officially called the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, posted on its Twitter account about the entire marching band wearing the bright orange shirts with the elementary school boys’ sketch, which is being sold online by the college store. All proceeds are going to STOMP Out Bullying , an anti-bullying organization.
— UT Bands (@potsband) September 14, 2019
You can see UT chancellor Donde Plowman (at left) sporting one of the shirts in this image from the Sept. 14 game as well. According to the Twitter post, she was responsible for providing the T-shirts to the band. She is with UT’s interim president, Randy Boyd.
Over 50,000 of the fourth-grade boy’s shirts have been pre-ordered!
“University officials have spoken several times with the boy’s mother, who has expressed gratitude to the university and said the family has been deeply touched by the overwhelming outpouring from people around the world,” according to UT’s news page.
Support for the boy and the positive spirit that has followed his bullying has spread far and wide.
For example, a Pennsylvania elementary school had all of its students wear orange on Sept. 12 in support of anti-bullying.
Winding Creek stands with The University of Tennessee @UTKnoxville today as we proudly wore orange in support of the anti-bullying story they championed. Hundreds of our kids came in a wave of orange as we spread the hope for school environments built on kindness. @CVSDnews pic.twitter.com/pXTkjL0k8x
— Winding Creek Elementary School (@WC_WolfPack) September 12, 2019
This is such an amazing story that keeps unfolding! We love how everyone is coming together for such a great cause, all to turn the bad experience of one young boy into something positive.