Basketball Players Interrupt Game To Defend Cheerleader

Desiree Andrews, an eighth-grade cheerleader who has Down Syndrome, was being teased by several students in the crowd when Miles Rodriguez, Chase Vasquez and Scooter Terrien, interrupted the game to put an end to the bullying.

Desiree Andrews Cheerleader Down Syndrome

The Lincoln Middle School of Kenosha, Wisconsin basketball teammates noticed during a timeout what was transpiring and instead of going back into the game, confronted the bullies.

“One of the kids said, ‘Don’t mess with her,'” coach Brandon Morris reported. “Then all of the guys got together to show her support.”

Miles Rodriguez, Scooter Terrien, and Chase Vazquez stated they did it for Desiree, and revealed they were backed up by their teammates. “Our teammates supported us and they had our backs the whole way,” Terrien revealed. The Kenosha, Wisconsin City Council plans to give the players a Citizenship Award next week, and the gymnasium is being named “D’s House” after Desiree Andrews.