OHIO — Beelal Hasan is a senior student-athlete at Ohio Northern University in Ada. He said when he couldn’t be there to support his friends physically, he found another way.
“I came up with the idea of making two sweatshirts for them,” said Hasan.
Sweatshirts with reminders of their worth embroidered right on the front and on the sleeves.
“I’ve always been the friend that will always try to help their friends to any extent no matter what they’re going through.”
Hasan could have ended there, but he decided to start mass producing the sweatshirts and selling them, donating 20% of the proceeds to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
“I realized that, hey, there are a lot of other people in the world that are going through the same thing and maybe need an extra mentality boost.”
“That’s just really rewarding to me knowing that I maybe saved someone or helped them realize there’s so much more to life than being sad and having bad thoughts, and I wanted to be able make something positive out of that and help people gain more confidence and be more self-loving through it.”
Hasan is in his final semester of school and getting ready to start his job search, but he said he has no plans to slow down.
“I'm hoping to keep it alive, to keep doing what I’m doing and try to reach a bigger audience."
For more information, or to buy a hoodie, you can visit https://theworthitproject.org.