This adorable girl is Desiree Andrews, a cheerleader at Lincoln Middle School that has Down Syndrome. During a basketball game last year, members of the crowd started to crudely make fun of her. Her classmates quickly came to her defense.
During a time out in the game, one of the teammates stepped up and said not to mess with her. #8220;Then all of the guys got together to show her support,#8221; said former coach Brandon Morris. Player Scooter Terrien added, “It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong because we’re all the same. We’re all created the same. God made us the same way.”
A new tradition now takes place in which the basketball team runs up to Desiree before the start of the game for fist bumps and high fives. She also never walks to class alone anymore.
The school actually renamed Lincoln#8217;s gym #8220;D#8217;s House#8221; in her honor. Students even sport T-shirts celebrating her being a part of the team.
For the last game of the season, and the last home game for all eighth-graders (including Desiree), the team gathered to form a group huddle and chanted, #8220;Who#8217;s house? D#8217;s House!#8221; Eighth-grader Ben Woods, said he and his teammates are happy to support Desiree and to promote kindness at the school.
Desiree#8217;s father, Cliff Andrews, said her love for cheerleading came from seeing a cheerleader with Down Syndrome on the TV show #8220;Glee.#8221; Desiree said, #8220;If she can be a cheerleader, I can be a cheerleader.#8221; And she did.
Photo by Kevin Poirier/Kenosha News You can do anything your set your mind to, Desiree. Get out there and conquer the world, one dream at a time.