Tennessee Volunteers are much bigger than just a college football team.
Every state in the US has its official nickname. These names reveal something unique and significant about the land, people, or history of the state. Tennessee is the Volunteer State. According to the Tennessee Blue Book, the state's publication of information about Tennessee, the nickname began during the War of 1812, when thousands of Tennesseans volunteered to serve their country at the request of Governor Blount. Tennessee volunteers showed exceptional bravery during the Battle of New Orleans.
Tennesseans have shown that volunteer spirit ever since, in many ways. Community service and helping others in need are a hallmark of the spirit I've found here. The Volunteer Ministry Center downtown, which helps the homeless, is a prime example.
So, the next time you see the word "Vols," think about all the different ways Tennesseans volunteer to make a positive difference in their world.