Kids & Family

Bullied Boy Is Honored by His Favorite College Sports Team

When the university heard that a student was bullied for his home-made team t-shirt, they quickly came up with a solution.

A little boy at Altamonte Elementary School in Altamonte Springs, FL, got some serious swag from his favorite sports team after the team heard he'd been bullied at his school.

Every year, the elementary school celebrates College Colors Day, where students are encouraged to wear their favorite team's colors to school. The young boy was excited to wear orange to honor of his favorite team, the University of Tennessee Volunteers. He didn't own an actual UT shirt, so he improvised by attaching a piece of paper with a handwritten logo to an orange tee (pictured below).

This hand-made UT t-shirt caught the eye of one boy's favorite team.

(Source: Laura Snyder Facebook )

While teacher Laura Snyder congratulated the boy's creativity, he was bullied by some girls in the lunchroom who made fun of his handmade shirt. Snyder, who hated seeing her student so upset, posted to Facebook in hopes of connecting with the University of Tennessee to purchase a shirt for him that was "a little extra special."

(Source: Laura Snyder Facebook )

After the post went viral, a representative of the college reached out to Snyder and let her know they would be sending her class a care package in support of her student. When the package arrived, Snyder's students were overjoyed to receive a variety of UT swag including t-shirts, hats, pens and water bottles.

(Source: Laura Snyder Facebook )

While the gift from UT could be the happy ending to this story, there's more! The university decided to print official campus t-shirts featuring the boy's handwritten logo design. A portion of the proceeds for every shirt sold go to STOMP Out Bullying , a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to stopping bullying in all forms.

The new shirt design was such a hit that the college's computer server crashed because so many people were trying to buy it.

(Source: UT Facebook )

"UPDATE: Thank you for the overwhelming response! Due to increased website traffic, we are currently experiencing server issues. Thank you for your patience as we resolve the problem."

Snyder said that the boy was stunned when he found out that his design was going to be printed on thousands of UT t-shir, and that she could tell his confidence had grown since the bullying incident.

"When I told [my student] that his design was being made into a real shirt and people wanted to wear it, his jaw dropped," Snyder said in her latest update.

"He had a big smile on his face, walked taller, and I could tell his confidence grew today! Thank you to the UT Nation for that!!" - Laura Snyder

You can order your own Vols t-shirt by visiting the college's online store . T-shirts are available in both youth and adult sizes.

You can donate directly to STOMP Out Bullying by visiting their website .

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