Teen Athletes Walk Off the Court to Defend Down Syndrome Cheerleader

Mar 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm |

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Cheerleader Desiree Andrews may march to the beat of her own drum, but now she has the entire basketball team of Lincoln Middle School marching right behind her.

The 8th grader with Down syndrome was reportedly being bullied by children in the stands during one of the boys basketball games in Kenosha, WI, but fortunately she didn’t have to listen to the negative comments for too long. Several boys from the basketball team quickly caught whiff of the bullying, and ditched the court to intervene against the attack.


“One of the kids stepped up and said, ‘Don’t mess with her,’” said the boy’s coach, Brandon Morris to the Kenosha News. “Then all of the guys got together to show her support.”

Since then Desiree, or “D,” has developed a special bond with some of the players on the team, who happily hold the young lady’s hand as they move from class to class down the school’s hallways.

“It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong, because we’re all the same. We’re all created the same,” one of the players Scooter Terrien tells the news outlet.

Allegedly Lincoln Middle School is even renaming the gym to “D’s House” in honor of Desiree – which will hopefully have the student cheering happily all next season.

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Posted by Kenosha News on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Thumbs up to the basketball team at Lincoln Middle School!