Bullied boy's 'jaw dropped,' website crashed due to people wanting to wear his UT design
- A bullied Florida boy is getting his hand-drawn UT design made into a T-shirt.
- The design received so much support that the website selling the shirt crashed.
- The university announced how many shirts have been pre-odered.
- The design has shown up in multiple places throughout Vol Nation, including on the campus rock and the mascot's costume.
The same hand-drawn University of Tennessee shirt design a Florida boy was bullied for crashed a website this past weekend with support from Vol Nation.
All proceeds from the shirts will go toward STOMP Out Bullying and, as of Monday night, more than 16,000 orders had been placed, according to a statement from the university.
Both the youth and adult versions of the shirt, which come in orange with a white design, are $14.99.
"As the Volunteers, the University of Tennessee believes in putting others before ourselves," the statement read. "We’re so glad we were able to support this student, put a smile on his face and bring more orange into his life."
A win for the whole class
The design, which the boy drew on paper and attached to his shirt for his school's "College Colors Day," was mocked by girls at a nearby lunch table two weeks ago. The story gained national media attention and reached thousands of people on Facebook thanks to a post from his teacher, Laura Snyder.
Snyder made an update to her post last week after the university sent the school a package filled with Vols items, which the boy distributed to his classmates.
"They were ecstatic!!" Snyder said in the post. "They immediately put on the bracelets and asked if they could fill up the water bottles. ... My students even enjoyed using their new pens to complete their writing quiz."
'Jaw dropped' over real shirt concept
The boy went from crying at his desk after being bullied to receiving high fives and hugs from his classmates. He walked tall, smiled big and gained confidence after receiving the package, Snyder said.
"When I told him that his design was being made into a real shirt and people wanted to wear it, his jaw dropped," she said.
The boy's design seems to be popping up everywhere in Vol Nation. The Smokey mascot repped the design in a video made for the boy, and someone even painted the design on The Rock at UT's campus.
Want a shirt?
According to a Tweet from VolShop, other stores are trying to sell the shirt. However, VolShop has an agreement with the boy's family to print the shirt and donate all proceeds to STOMP Out Bullying.
The shirts, which are expected to be delivered in late September, can be pre-ordered at utvolshop.com.
"Personally, I’m looking forward to wearing the shirt he designed," Snyder wrote. "It’ll be the one and only piece of orange clothing that this Seminoles fan will ever wear!"