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SportUniversity of Tennessee offers scholarship to boy bullied for homemade T-shirt

20:00  12 september  2019
20:00  12 september  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Tennessee band members wear T-shirt honoring bullied fan

Tennessee band members wear T-shirt honoring bullied fan The University of Tennessee's marching band is jumping on the anti-bullying bandwagon. The band briefly wore a T-shirt created by a boy who was teased at school over the design and then offered a scholarship at the university. 

In a state where the Gators, Noles and Canes vie for college football supremacy, an elementary school student in Florida recently showed up to class in a homemade T - shirt design bearing his allegiances to the University of Tennessee — and he was teased because of it.

The University of Tennesee says a portion of the proceeds from every shirt sold will go to an anti- bullying foundation. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/Gray News) - The University of Tennessee turned a Florida boy ’s homemade T - shirt into official apparel after he was laughed at for the shirt by

A young boy who went viral for his homemade University of Tennessee T-shirt has been offered a four-year scholarship to the school.

University of Tennessee offers scholarship to boy bullied for homemade T-shirt© VolShop/Twitter The University of Tennessee is now selling a Florida elementary student's design after he was bullied.

"In recognition of the fourth-grader’s Volunteer spirit, the university has extended an offer of admission for him to join the Class of 2032," the university announced in a press release on Thursday. "In addition, he has been awarded a four-year scholarship covering his tuition and fees beginning fall 2028 should he decide to attend UT and meet admission requirements."

Demand for bullied child's homemade Tennessee T-shirt crashes school website

Demand for bullied child's homemade Tennessee T-shirt crashes school website The Florida student's homemade Tennessee Volunteer shirt inspired the school to create an officially licensed shirt based on his design.

The University of Tennesee says a portion of the proceeds from every shirt sold will go to an anti- bullying foundation. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/Gray News) - The University of Tennessee turned a Florida boy ’s homemade T - shirt into official apparel after he was laughed at for the shirt by

The University of Tennesee says a portion of the proceeds from every shirt sold will go to an anti- bullying foundation. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/Gray News) - The University of Tennessee turned a Florida boy ’s homemade T - shirt into official apparel after he was laughed at for the shirt by

The university also said that officials have spoken with the boy’s mother several times and that she "has expressed gratitude to the university and said the family has been deeply touched by the overwhelming outpouring from people around the world."

The fourth grader's story that inspired the design of an official school T-shirt garnered national attention on Saturday went viral and prompted a positive discussion around anti-bullying.

The unnamed Altamonte Springs, Florida, boy was bullied at lunch for wearing a homemade "U.T." shirt during college colors week. His teacher, Laura Snyder, shared his story on Facebook and word quickly got to the university.

(MORE: Boy bullied for homemade Tennessee shirt has logo become official design )

He was bullied for his homemade University of Tennessee T-shirt. The school just made it an official design

He was bullied for his homemade University of Tennessee T-shirt. The school just made it an official design A Florida student obsessed with the University of Tennessee wanted to represent the Volunteers during his elementary school's "College Colors Day," but didn't own any of their apparel -- so he took the matter into his own hands. © Laura Snyder/Facebook A boy's homemade "U.T." design is being turned into an official University of Tennessee T-shirt. Laura Snyder, his teacher at Altamonte Elementary School in Altamonte Springs, says he drew a "U.T.", the university's logo, on paper and pinned it to an orange t-shirt. "When the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITED to show me his shirt," Snyder wrote Wednesday on Facebook.

The University of Tennesee says a portion of the proceeds from every shirt sold will go to an anti- bullying foundation. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/Gray News) - The University of Tennessee turned a Florida boy ’s homemade T - shirt into official apparel after he was laughed at for the shirt by

The University of Tennesee says a portion of the proceeds from every shirt sold will go to an anti- bullying foundation. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/Gray News) - The University of Tennessee turned a Florida boy ’s homemade T - shirt into official apparel after he was laughed at for the shirt by

The university credited its alumni, fans, and "honorary Volunteers" who stepped up in response to the young boy's story.

"More than 50,000 shirts featuring the boy’s design have been pre-sold by the VolShop," the school said. "All proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go directly to the charity Stomp Out Bullying. The university will cover the cost of the scholarship separately. Orders will begin shipping later this month."

University of Tennessee chancellor, Donde Plowman, tweeted the news when the official campus store sold out of more than 16,000 T-shirts.

Demand for the inspiring hand-drawn shirt was so high that the school's website even crashed.

(MORE: Demand for bullied child's homemade Tennessee T-shirt crashes school website)

Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying, told ABC News that while she’s happy this will raise awareness of the issue of bullying, she’s most happy for the child.

"This little boy is getting his justice, and I’m so thrilled for him," Ellis said. "You just can’t pick on a kid and think this is OK. For him to get his justice, is just like winning a peace prize, because no one is going to bully him anymore."

Tyra Haag did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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