PHOTOS | Louisville Down syndrome performs with Colts cheerleaders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Louisville’s Down Syndrome members got a unique opportunity to perform with the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders during halftime of Sunday’s game.

Down Syndrome of Indiana has partnered with the cheerleaders for performances for years, and this year, they invited Down Syndrome of Louisville to join them.

Members of DSL’s dance team, the Boogie Down Crew, learned their routine with the cheerleaders last week at their practice facility.

Early Sunday morning, the members got to practice on the field. There was a superhero theme and music by the members from DSL and DSI in the center of the fair.

“It was so fitting that it was a superhero theme. They really embody all the qualities,” said Rachel Janitz, a former Colts cheerleader. “They have that perseverance and joy and fight in them. We couldn’t imagine anyone else to share this day with us.”

The boogie down crew was originally started to encourage healthy movement but has grown into a public outreach and advocacy group.

They play all over the community, but Sunday’s performance was definitely the biggest yet.

“It’s exciting to be able to go to an NFL game and watch your daughter perform at halftime,” said Clint Parks, parent of a DSL member.

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