Tennessee sends elementary student care package after classmates make fun of DIY shirt

Torrey HartYahoo Sports Contributor
Tennessee's football team partnered with the school's official store to cheer up a young fan. (AP Photo)
Tennessee's football team partnered with the school's official store to cheer up a young fan. (AP Photo)

The University of Tennessee took matters into its own hands when a young student in Florida was made fun of for his homemade Vols shirt.

Elementary school teacher Laura Snyder posted on Facebook after one of her students drew a UT logo and pinned it to an orange T-shirt for “College Colors Day,” and got made fun of by some of his classmates.

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“When I told my students about this day a week before, this particular child came to me and told me that he wanted to wear a University of Tennessee shirt, but he didn’t have one. We discussed that he could wear an orange shirt to show his spirit,” Snyder wrote. “I was impressed that he took it one step further to make his own label. After lunch, he came back to my room, put his head on on his desk and was crying. Some girls at the lunch table next to his (who didn’t even participate in college colors day) had made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt. He was DEVASTATED.”

Sndyer went on to ask if any of her friends had connections at Tennessee. The post now has over 1,800 comments, and word about the situation got back to the school.

The football team and Tennessee’s official store partnered to send the boy and his classmates plenty of brand new Vols gear:

“As a marketing and fan experience guy, I absolutely love the creativity that he showed there," Jim Delaney, UT’s associate athletics director for marketing and fan experience, told USA Today. "I think he will go from making his own T-shirts to now being the envy of the school. And the fact that it's in SEC country is a good thing.”

Snyder updated her post Thursday thanking the school and team for their support.

“I don’t even know where to begin. I am so incredibly amazed at the outpouring of love and support for my student!!” she wrote.

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