Bullied fan’s Vols T-shirt design helps raise $950K for nonprofit

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FILE – This Sept. 12, 2019 file photo shows a University of Tennessee shirt in Knoxville, Tenn., using the design of a Florida fourth-grader who was bullied. Sales of the T-shirt have raised over $950,000 for an anti-bullying organization. Tennessee officials said Wednesday, Dec. 11 that 112,715 shirts have been sold in the three months since it was created. (AP Photo/Steve Megargee, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Sales of a University of Tennessee T-shirt designed by a bullied fourth-grade boy in Florida have raised over $950,000 for an anti-bullying organization.

The fourth-grader had designed his own University of Tennessee logo to put over an orange T-shirt for his school’s college colors day this fall.

In a Facebook post that went viral, the boy’s teacher said he was teased by classmates over his shirt with the homemade design.

Tennessee’s VolShop website then created its own Tennessee shirt featuring the boy’s design.

Tennessee officials say they sold more than 112,000 shirts and raised more than $952,000 for the STOMP Out Bullying organization.


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