Something happened at a basketball game at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha Wisconsin that gives me hope.
It’s a reminder that there are still a lot of people out there who will stand up for what they believe and do the right thing.
One of the cheerleaders on the team is Dee Andrews.
She has Down syndrome.
During a game last year, people in the stands started making fun of her for “dancing to her own music.”
How anyone could do that is beyond me.
But here’s where the story gets good.
The players saw what was happening and were really angry.
One of them said:
“We were mad; we didn’t like that.”
“It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong because we’re all the same.”
And at least one of them actually went into the stands and said:
“Don’t mess with her.”
Then to top it all off, the team walked off the court.
But that’s not the end of the story.
Because of what happened, they started a new tradition at the school.
When the players are introduced, Dee is always introduced right along with them
And then just before the game, all the players run over to her and give her high fives and fist bumps.
They also renamed the gym “D’s House.”
And during the last game of the season earlier this month, the players all gathered at center court and started chanting:
“Whose house? D’s house!”
Sometimes middle school kids can be “too cool for school.”
But not these kids.
Check out that third picture.
Those are some of players walking Dee to class.
One of them says:
“Everyone loves her now.”
Dee’s parents have been touched beyond belief.
That fourth picture shows her dad, Cliff, wiping away tears after the gym was renamed for his daughter.
Cliff says that he daughter first got interested in in being a cheerleader after watching the show “Glee.”
One of the characters was a cheerleader with Down syndrome.
Cliff says after seeing the show his daughter told him:
“If she can be a cheerleader, I can be a cheerleader.”
Needless to say Cliff is proud of his daughter.
But he’s also proud of the team for standing up for her.
“It’s been a godsend to us.
Those boys, I tried to talk to them in person, but I couldn’t keep the tears back.”
Story courtesy Deneen Smith/Kenosha News
Pictures courtesy Kevin Poirier/Kenosha News and TMJ4