A Trip to an Orphanage in South Africa Sparked the Idea for Cornelius & Co.

In the fall of 2013, our founder, Brynn, hopped on a plane to Johannesburg, South Africa. She was on her way to visit a childhood friend, but would also visit an orphanage (an experience that would forever change her life).

Brynn wanted to give the orphanage kids a unique gift that tied in her hometown roots of Cozad, Nebraska. Being football season at the time ( and having a husband who coached the local team), Brynn filled her suitcase with “Cozad Haymaker” sports t-shirts as her gift to them.

Buying these particular shirts for the children came with another huge benefit: the proceeds from the sale of the shirts would be given to a local man who was battling cancer at the time.

Once Brynn saw the kids in their shirts and how she could use clothing and fashion to impact the lives of others, the idea for Cornelius and Co. was born.

Shirts With a Dual Purpose

Today, we create shirts with positive messaging, sophisticated playfulness, or a bit of gameday flair. We also keep the heart of giving alive by donating a portion of the proceeds from every shirt sale to The Backpack Program.

Visit our shop to find a shirt that fits the message you (or your little) carry within.