(The following excerpt from Basketball Players Stop Game To Defend Bullied Cheerleader by Jasmine Watkins recently appeared on sportingnews.com. To view it in its entirety click on the link below.)
Doing what is right is not always the easiest thing to do. It takes courage.
Desiree Andrews is in eighth grade cheerleader and an inspiration to the Lincoln Middle School basketball team of Kenoska, Wisc. During a game Andrews, who has Down syndrome, was being teased by some people in the crowd. During a timeout, players on the team noticed and took a stand. Scooter Terrien, Miles Rodriguez, and Chase Vasquez stopped what they were doing to confront the hecklers.
“One of the kids stepped up and said, ‘Don’t mess with her,'” coach Brandon Morris told Kenosha News. “Then all of the guys got together to show her support.”