Middle School Athletes Shut Down Bullies Making Fun of Cheerleader with Down Syndrome

If this story doesn't inspire you to be a better person, I don't know what will. 

A middle school basketball team in Kenosha, Wis. has made headlines this week for defending Desiree Andrews, a cheer leader with Down syndrome, against some heartless bullies. Instead of continuing their game, the boys ran into the crowd during a timeout and sternly warned the perps: "Don't mess with her." 

Desiree's father told NPR that his daughter has a huge heart and was more bothered that he was upset than she was that she was bullied. 

"She says I was upset," he told NPR. "She threw her hands around me and made me look at her face and said: `Papa, it's OK. I still love them even if they don't like me.'"

The students, who wished to remain anonymous according to Kenosha News, asked for the girl to be recognized instead of the players, an incredibly sweet and mature gesture from a group of teenage boys. Honoring their request, the school decided to name the gym "D's House" after her.

Desiree is reportedly very excited about the new gym and is grateful for all of the love and support from her peers.