Video Of The Week - Lincoln Middle School Basketball Players Display Incredible "Bully Handling" Skills!

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Some Wisconsin basketball players are being lauded not for their ball handling, but bully handling skills. Last year, seventh graders from Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, Wisconsin were in the midst of a basketball game when they overheard some bullies heckling Desiree Andrews, a cheerleader who has Down syndrome.

"D" as she is affectionately called, is a familiar sight at middle school sports events. However, the young girl who loves to cheer and dance does not always follow the routine of the cheerleading team. She tends to create her own choreography, which is why the bullies thought it was fair game to tease her. What they didn't expect, however, was that the basketball players were not about to tolerate the unsportsmanlike conduct.

According to Brandon Morris who coaches the boys seventh-grade team, one of the players walked up to the bullies during a timeout and warned them not to mess with Desiree. To ensure they knew he was serious, the rest of the team members stood together to show their support.

What is even more heartwarming is that the incident led to the start of a great friendship between Desiree and some members of the team. They now walk her to class everyday and also involve her in the introduction of the starting lineup for the boys basketball team. And while Desiree, who is now in eighth-grade, will soon move on, her tale will live on forever. That's because Lincoln Middle School has renamed their gym "D's House" in her honor!

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that is caused when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. With one in every 691 babies in the United States born with this condition, it is a very common chromosomal condition. People with this disorder have short attention spans and delayed language and speech development. They are also at risk for a range of health conditions that include hearing loss, vision problems and heart abnormalities.

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  • kittiesmama
    kittiesmamaSaturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:02 am
    Those boys are so inspiring
    • kittiesmama
      kittiesmamaSaturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 am
      Good job to those boys they helped a poor girl when she was getting bullied its time to stop bullying all kinds social cyber and other kinds stand up for someone it will make there day and who knows they might become one of your closest friends everyone reading this stop bullying stand up for anyone being bullied we are all unique we are all human being if you don't like to be bullied then no one else does either #NoMoreBullies it makes me very mad frustrated upset and other feelings I encourage you yes you reading this to stop billing stand up for people and don't bully please please please don't bully I should know I have been in some bad bullying experiences and saw bad bullying it's not fun it's scary and upsetting when I got bullied I ended up in ISS in school suspension and grounded at home for like 3 weeks I had to transfer to different classes that she was not in she's been bullying me since 2nd grade she got to me in 5th and 2nd don't bully please please please!!!!!!
      • bsc
        bscSunday, July 12, 2020 at 5:39 am
        How nice!
        • angelfluff
          angelfluffSaturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:00 pm
          Wow that is really amazing how that happened to the 7th grade student .
          • ginnyweasly1
            ginnyweasly1Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:24 am
            That is so sweet!
            • keds
              kedsThursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:43 am
              So nice of those boys!
              • keds
                kedsWednesday, February 26, 2020 at 10:51 am
                This was so kind of those boys! lol She's already famous!
                • markaylahSaturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:47 am
                  I'm so proud she said that so inspiring☺
                  • AngelThursday, November 7, 2019 at 2:13 pm
                    That is very nice of those boys, some people would have just ignored people getting bullied. Great job!!! 👍
                    • leleWednesday, July 10, 2019 at 3:13 pm
                      those boys are awesome! that's very kind of them to help D!😸