On Monday night, January 2, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during the team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The shocking incident occurred in the third quarter, and Hamlin was rushed to the hospital where he received immediate medical attention.
Since then, fans and community members have been rallying around Hamlin and his family, offering their support and well wishes. One local Cincinnati store, Cincy shirts, known for selling custom sports shirts, has decided to do their part by creating a special Damar Hamlin shirt.
According to the store owner Josh Sneed, the store has already “made $50K off the tees,” with all proceeds going towards the Damar Hamlin Foundation. The foundation was created by Hamlin himself, and its mission is to support and empower young people through education, athletics, and mentorship.
The custom Damar Hamlin shirt features the Bills safety’s number, 3, along with the words “More Than Football.” There’s also another version of the shirt which has Cincinnati’s “513” area code on it with Bengals and Bills team colors. There’s also a third from version which was designed by a local artist that features the Bengals and Bills mascots wearing No. 3 jerseys. All of these versions are available in both men’s and women’s sizes, and can be purchased online or at the store’s physical location.
Responses all around the world to the incident
Fans of the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals have been showing their support by purchasing the shirt, and many have taken to social media to express their gratitude for the store’s efforts. “I’m a huge Bengals fan, but when I saw what happened to Damar, I knew I had to do something to help,” said one fan. “I’m so glad this store is selling these shirts and raising money for the foundation. It’s a small way to show our support and make a difference.”