When some in the crowd began taunting a cheerleader with special needs during a school basketball game, a group of players decided to put a stop to it.

Three players for the Lincoln Middle School team in Kenosha, Wis. walked off the court in the middle of their game to defend cheerleader Desiree Andrews, who has Down syndrome.

“The kids in the audience were picking on D, so we all stepped forward,” one of the players, Chase Vazquez, told WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Since that game, the players and other students at the school have affectionately taken Andrews under their wing.

Moreover, the gymnasium where the incident went down is now known as “D’s House.”

Andrews, who will head to high school next year, called the name “sweet, kind, awesome, amazing.”