Middle school players leave court mid-game to defend bullied Down Syndrome cheerleader

An honorable act carried out by a Wisconsin middle school basketball team has people across America singing their praises.

The teammates were in seventh-grade when they walked off the court during a game to defend one of their cheerleaders, Desiree Andrews, who was being bullied from the stands – Andrews has Down syndrome.

“So when I heard they were talking about her like, it kind of made me mad,” said teammate Mile Rodriquez.

In a spectacular gesture of kindness and comradery the boys stopped the game and confronted the bully, according to Milwaukee’s TMJ 4 News.

“The kids in the audience were picking on Dee, so we all stepped forward,” said Chase Vazquez a Lincoln Middle School player.

“It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong because we’re all the same. We’re all created the same. God made us the same way,” said teammate Scooter Terrien.

No one at Lincoln Middle School as forgotten the noble gesture and Andrews has become somewhat of a local celebrity because of it.

The team, now in eighth-grade, played their last game Monday night and a special celebration was held in the gymnasium that had been affectionately nicknamed, “D’s House” ever since the incident.

Andrews called the name gesture, “Sweet, kind, awesome, and amazing.”

d's house

Even though the team and Andrews are leaving for high school, their infectious spirit will leave a long lasting impression on future students who will attend Kenosha’s Lincoln Middle School.

The Principal plans to officially dedicate “D’s House Gymnasium” with a large banner that will be hung in her honor.


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