Texas cheerleader with Down syndrome back on the field


by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News


Posted on October 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 12:09 PM

DEER PARK, Texas -- A Deer Park cheerleader’s dream came true. The freshman with Down syndrome got to join her squad on the sidelines one week after being told she couldn’t because she was a liability.

Brittany Davila made her mark back on the field on Thursday.

The 16-year-old’s story made national headlines. Brittany was told cheer in the stands at a recent volleyball game over what the district later called “a misunderstanding.”

School officials met with Brittany’s mother, and the issue has since been resolved.

The honorary cheerleader knows many of the cheers and only steps away from the squad when it’s time for stunts.

“It really is amazing. I’m so proud of Brittany because she’s done all the things we’ve asked her to do and more,” said Sara Washington, captain of the Deer Park freshman cheerleading squad.

Brittany’s family believes this isn’t just a story about one girl with Down syndrome.

“I think there will be more kids coming out and trying out,” said grandmother Jyeneece Robbins. “She’s doing it. She’s proving she can do it if you just give her a chance. I can hardly keep myself from crying.”

Brittany has also been chosen as a class representative for homecoming and will be crowned on Friday.