A boy bullied for his homemade UT shirt design made national headlines, leading the university to make his shirt a reality and offer him a scholarship.

Knoxville News Sentinel

In a year that’s been anything but ordinary, at least one thing remains the same: The UT shirt created by a bullied boy in Florida still is the VolShop’s best seller. 

And it’s not even close. 

It’s been roughly one year since the fourth grade student created a makeshift Vols shirt for his school’s college spirit day. The design was made into an actual University of Tennessee shirt after a Facebook post went viral and garnered worldwide support. 


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VolShop ended up selling nearly 113,000 shirts with the boy’s design. But how does this compare to other Tennessee gear?

A viral anti-bullying message

The boy’s teacher, Laura Snyder, shared the story behind the