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Kenosha (AP) - Several middle school basketball players have received recognition from the city of Kenosha for defending a cheerleader who has Down syndrome.

Three players walked off the court after hearing mean-spirited comments directed at cheerleader Desiree Andrews coming from the crowd during a game last season at Lincoln Middle School. During a timeout, Chase Vazquez, Scooter Terrien and Miles Rodriguez approached the opposing team's fans to put an end to the bullying.

The boys were honored Monday night by Kenosha's Common Council. WTMJ-TV reports the meeting also featured a special video message to Desiree and the team from the actress who plays a cheerleader with Down syndrome on the TV show "Glee."

Desiree's older sister, Haley, tells the station that she's proud of the boys and thankful they're there for Desiree when she's not.

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