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small_vsmprofileLook! On the UT campus! Is it the Flash? Is it Iron Man? No, it’s VOLstarterMan!

Wednesday, February 25, will be “Be a Hero” Day at UT, when mild-mannered citizens can join with VOLstarterMan to use the power of the Internet for good to fund worthy student projects.

“You don’t have to wear a cape to make a difference, but it can help,” said UT sophomore Trennie Williams, who in his secret identity as VOLstarterMan will be wearing a cape on campus that day. He also will be encouraging others to post pictures on social media of themselves wearing capes, all to promote UT’s one-day effort to highlight worthy projects on the VOLstarter website.

UT launched the VOLstarter crowdfunding site in November as a way for students and departments to raise money for projects that change lives.

Fsmall_cape-notag-vsmanrom encouraging women to study engineering to supporting a group that teaches math in adult literacy programs, VOLstarter connects donors with opportunities to support specific projects and initiatives.

“Anybody can be a superhero,” said Lance Taylor, UT’s director of annual giving and student philanthropy. “On VOLstarter every gift, no matter the amount, joins with other gifts to enable something great to happen.”

Join the conversation on “Be a Hero” Day by following UT Knoxville Alumni on Twitter (@tennalum), Instagram (tennalum) and Facebook (UT Knoxville Alumni).

Find out more about the projects on the VOLstarter website.


Brooks Clark (865-974-5471,