Basketball Team Walks Off Court to Defend Cheerleader with Down Syndrome
Kenosha, WI – There are some parents and teachers in Wisconsin who should be beyond proud. This wonderful story starts on a basketball court in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where an eighth-grade cheerleader headlines a story that makes the heart proud.
During a basketball game at Lincoln Middle School, a group of bullies decided to make fun of cheerleader Desiree “Dee” Andrews because she had Down syndrome. The offensive remarks drew the ire of Dee’s classmates on the court, who made a great choice in standing up and actively confronting stupidity.
“One of the kids stepped up and said, ‘Don’t mess with her.’ Then all of the guys got together to show her support,” Brandon Morris, the team’s coach, told the Kenosha News this week.
“The kids in the audience were picking on Dee, so we all stepped forward,” Chase Vazquez, one of the players, told local television station WTMJ-TV.
According to reports, the players interrupted the game by walking off the court and telling the bullies to stop.
“It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong because we’re all the same. We’re all created the same,” player Miles Rodriguez told WTMJ. “God made us the same way.”
Great going! The example of these young men and awesome cheerleader is a model that should inspire other youngsters, and adults, in day-to-day life.