Tennessee’s Tony Vitello Raising Money For Wounded Warriors, Offering ‘Chest Bumps’ For Donations

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The Tennessee baseball team might be the hottest team in the country right now, but they will also be playing the next two games without their head coach Tony Vitello, who got a little heated himself and bumped the chest of an umpire during a game last weekend.

Now, he’s capitalizing on the moment. On Wednesday afternoon, Vitello was on campus raising money for Wounded Warriors by offering $2.00 chest bumps.

According to Fielden Bowman, Vitello was on campus helping raise money for the SAE fraternity and their philanthropy work with Wounded Warriors. He was quick to mention that Vitello has no official affiliation with Wounded Warriors or SAE and that the fraternity is giving the organization all of the proceeds.

Here is the GoFundMe link that SAE is using to raise money for Wounded Warriors.

The Vols baseball coach has done something like this in the past. In 2018, Vitello was suspended due to an ejection and had to miss a game against Vanderbilt. So he decided to host a pizza and lemonade party near the stadium to raise money for National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, or CASA.

Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel got in on the action today as well, throwing footballs at the dunk tank, helping raise money in the process.

It was a hit. Tennessee fans came out in droves to take part in the event. It was one of those moments that captured the hearts of Vols fans all over.

Safe to say Tony Vitello has used his little bit of downtime for all the right reasons.

Though he has once again endeared himself to Vols fans, Vitello still will not be allowed back into the dugout for live action until Sunday’s game against Florida in Gainesville. He has to finish out his suspension for the free chest bump he gave the ump.

Written by Trey Wallace

Trey Wallace is the host of The Trey Wallace Podcast that focuses on a mixture of sports, culture, entertainment along with his perspective on everything from College Football to the College World Series.

Wallace has been covering college sports for 15 years, starting off while attending the University of South Alabama. He’s broken some of the biggest college stories including the Florida football “Credit Card Scandal” along with the firing of Jim McElwin and Kevin Sumlin. Wallace also broke one of the biggest stories in college football in 2020 around the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations against Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Wallace also appears on radio across seven different states breaking down that latest news in college sports.

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