‘The envy of the school’: Young fan gets Volunteer Proud Pack after homemade shirt goes viral

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Orange & White Nation is rallying behind an elementary student in Florida with a “Volunteer Proud Pack” and thousands of comments of support.

Elementary school teacher in Tallahassee, Fla., Laura Snyder, posted a photo of a student’s homemade Vols shirt with a story about his creativity.

It was College Colors week, she wrote, and her student wanted to represent his favorite team, Tennessee, but he didn’t have a Vols shirt.

We discussed that he could wear an orange shirt to show his spirit. He told me every day leading up to it that he had an orange shirt that he was going to wear. So when the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITED to show me his shirt. I was impressed that he took it one step further to make his own label.

Laura Synder, Facebook

Snyder continued that during lunch the student was bullied by other students for his homemade UT logo. She took to social media asking others if they knew of any connections to get the student his own Tennessee shirt.

The responses came in the thousands on both Facebook and Twitter.

The support, catching the attention of the athletics, marketing and communications department at UT – and of University of Tennessee Interim President Randy Boyd .

Now, a “Volunteer Proud Pack” will arrive Friday morning with 35 pounds of Tennessee gear, including a shirt.

“We’ve all collectively come together and we are sending him what we are calling a Volunteer Proud Pack. I think he will go from making his own t-shirt to now being the envy of the school. The fact that it’s in SEC Country is a good thing,” said Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Fan Experience Jimmy Delaney.

The “Volunteer Proud Pack” also includes Tennessee merchandise for the entire class. The overnight shipping, paid for by UT Alumnus Dale Brill.

Snyder updated the Orange & White Nation Thursday night that the student would be “so surprised.”

(Photo via VolShop)

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