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Basketball players defend bullied cheerleader

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A group of basketball players who defended a bullied cheerleader was honored by town leaders in Wisconsin.

The cheerleader, Desiree Andrews, has Downs Syndrome and when she was being bullied from the stands during a game the basketball players stepped into action, walked off the court, and told the bully to stop.

Ben Woods, athlete, "We care for her a lot and it's just a really good thing. It's a really good message for people."

Desiree Andrews is happiest when she's cheering on Lincoln Middle School's basketball players.  A team, that's become more like family.

The boys stopped a game to stick-up for Desiree, when fans of another team started picking on her.

Haley Andrews, sister, "There's no word that can describe how proud I am of them and how thankful I am that they're there for her when I'm not."

Desiree's older sister, Haley, was brought to tears watching the boys as they were honored by city leaders.

As Desiree stood with them, you could see first hand how special their bond really is.

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