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'It's a beautiful thing': Akron Buchtel High School students gifted custom-made suits for prom

Akron native Travaughn Gordon gifted 18 custom-made suits to the members of Buchtel's basketball team, as well as Anthony Anderson, who was injured in a shooting.

AKRON, Ohio — Friday afternoon saw a packed gymnasium at Akron Buchtel High School.

Students were jamming to the music while waiting for the big moment, the arrival of Travaughn Gordon. Gordon is Akron born and raised. He's a man of so many talents, it's hard to keep up. 

"I've served in the military. I've been enlisted and an officer. I've had many medals, many awards from that. I played college ball, I won a college championship. I have a master's degree," Gordon tells us.

He's also a fashion designer to the stars, running his clothing line, Vaughnti's, out of Savannah, Georgia. Gordon has also been following his hometown closely, reading about the Akron Buchtel High School boys basketball team winning the state championship.

Gordon also knows the story of Anthony Anderson. The Buchtel senior suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was shot four years ago. 

Gordon says these athletes and resilient students inspire him every day. So as a thank you, he gifted 18 custom-made suits to the members of the state title-winning basketball team as well as Anthony Anderson, just in time for the prom. Gordon wants these kids to know they can be anything they want to be.

"Don't let nobody shoot 'em down. You can do whatever you put your mind to," he said.

Anthony Anderson's mom, Brandy Gregory, was overwhelmed by Travaughn's generosity. "It means a lot. It means a lot. I really didn't think it was going to be possible for my son to actually go to prom," she said.

For Travaughn Gordon, there's no better feeling.

"It's a beautiful thing. I've done a lot of things. I've had a lot of awards, but this probably was the most rewarding thing I've done in my life," he said proudly.

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