Kids in the stands were making fun of Desiree Andrews during a middle school basketball game. So the young hoopsters, her classmates, walked off the court and told the bullies to cut it out. Andrews, who has Down syndrome, is a cheerleader for Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, WI. Desiree was moved by the boys coming to her defense, reports Michele Fiore of local news TMJ4, who interviewed the boys and Andrews.
“The kids in the audience were picking on Dee, so we all stepped forward,” said Chase Vazquez, who plays on the team. Now the boys and Desiree, who goes by Dee, have played–and cheered–their last middle school game. They’re all headed to high school. But Dee’s spirit–and the legacy of the boys’ conscientious act–will remain. The athletic director at Lincoln is going to officially name the gym “Dee’s House.” Dee’s reaction: “Sweet, kind, awesome, amazing.”
Here’s TMJ4’s report: