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Basketball Champ Prevented From Hugging Kid Brother (Video)

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Hundreds on social media are outraged that a little boy was forbidden from hugging his sister after her team won the high school basketball Wisconsin state championship.

As 3-year-old Jaylen Levy rushed onto the court at Green Bay's Resch Center to congratulate his older sister, Sydney, after winning the game on March 11, she was stopped by a tournament official, reports the Daily Mail.

Sydney's team, the Appleton North Lightning Girls' Basketball team, had just won the Wisconsin state championship. It was the undefeated team's first state title, which it capped with a 49-34 victory, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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After the final buzzer sounded, Sydney reached out to receive her little brother's embrace, but tournament official Deb Hauser suddenly blocked the two of them from meeting, to the visible disappointment and shock of both siblings.

Their father, Nic Levy, posted a video of the incident on Twitter, along with the caption: "[

Hundreds on social media are outraged that a little boy was forbidden from hugging his sister after her team won the high school basketball state championship.

As 3-year-old Jaylen Levy rushed onto the court at Green Bay's Resch Center to congratulate his older sister, Sydney, after winning the game on March 11, she was stopped by a tournament official, reports the Daily Mail.

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Sydney's team, the Appleton North Lightning Girls' Basketball team, had just won the state championship. It was the undefeated team's first state title, which it capped with a 49-34 victory, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

After the final buzzer sounded, Sydney reached out to receive her little brother's embrace, but tournament official Deb Hauser suddenly blocked the two of them from meeting, to the visible disappointment and shock of both siblings.

Their father, Nic Levy, posted a video of the incident on Twitter, along with the caption: "[

Hundreds on social media are outraged that a little boy was forbidden from hugging his sister after her team won the high school basketball state championship.

As 3-year-old Jaylen Levy rushed onto the court at Green Bay's Resch Center to congratulate his older sister, Sydney, after winning the game on March 11, she was stopped by a tournament official, reports the Daily Mail.

Sydney's team, the Appleton North Lightning Girls' Basketball team, had just won the state championship. It was the undefeated team's first state title, which it capped with a 49-34 victory, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

After the final buzzer sounded, Sydney reached out to receive her little brother's embrace, but tournament official Deb Hauser suddenly blocked the two of them from meeting, to the visible disappointment and shock of both siblings.

Their father, Nic Levy, posted a video of the incident on Twitter, along with the caption: "[Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association] didn't let Jaylen give his sister, Syd, a hug after winning the STATE! He gets excited to hug her after EVERY game. He cried."

The negative reaction on social media was swift. "Feel for the little guy and his big sister," said one person. "A picture of that hug would last forever!" Another added: "That's horrible! Can never get that joyful moment back again!"

Hauser, who is the associate director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, defended her actions in a statement to the Daily Mail:

There was also a special needs student attempting to get down from the staging that we had set up for the awards ceremony when this small unauthorized and unattended young boy came over the player bench. I needed to make sure he stayed off the floor and that the player went with the other members of her team to the locker room -- as you will see in the video the other members of her team were clearly leaving the floor. My eyes were on the boy coming off that staging as it appeared he was struggling to get down.

In a statement, she added: "For the safety of all involved, we keep spectators off the playing surface. As an organization that runs large events on a regular basis, our focus is always on safety and 'what if' situations that can evolve quickly and cause potential harm to innocent bystanders," a statement said.

Once the court had been cleared, Jaylen was allowed to join his sister and the other players in the winning team's locker room.

WIAAWI State didn't let Jaylen give his sister, Syd, a hug after winning the STATE! He gets excited to hug her after EVERY game. He cried."

The negative reaction on social media was swift. "Feel for the little guy and his big sister," said one person. "A picture of that hug would last forever!" Another added: "That's horrible! Can never get that joyful moment back again!"

Hauser, who is the associate director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, defended her actions in a statement to the Daily Mail:

There was also a special needs student attempting to get down from the staging that we had set up for the awards ceremony when this small unauthorized and unattended young boy came over the player bench. I needed to make sure he stayed off the floor and that the player went with the other members of her team to the locker room -- as you will see in the video the other members of her team were clearly leaving the floor. My eyes were on the boy coming off that staging as it appeared he was struggling to get down.

In a statement, she added: "For the safety of all involved, we keep spectators off the playing surface. As an organization that runs large events on a regular basis, our focus is always on safety and 'what if' situations that can evolve quickly and cause potential harm to innocent bystanders," a statement said.

Once the court had been cleared, Jaylen was allowed to join his sister and the other players in the winning team's locker room.

didn't let Jaylen give his sister, Syd, a hug after winning the STATE! He gets excited to hug her after EVERY game. He cried."

The negative reaction on social media was swift. "Feel for the little guy and his big sister," said one person. "A picture of that hug would last forever!" Another added: "That's horrible! Can never get that joyful moment back again!"

Hauser, who is the associate director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, defended her actions in a statement to the Daily Mail:

There was also a special needs student attempting to get down from the staging that we had set up for the awards ceremony when this small unauthorized and unattended young boy came over the player bench. I needed to make sure he stayed off the floor and that the player went with the other members of her team to the locker room -- as you will see in the video the other members of her team were clearly leaving the floor. My eyes were on the boy coming off that staging as it appeared he was struggling to get down.

In a statement, she added: "For the safety of all involved, we keep spectators off the playing surface. As an organization that runs large events on a regular basis, our focus is always on safety and 'what if' situations that can evolve quickly and cause potential harm to innocent bystanders," a statement said.

Once the court had been cleared, Jaylen was allowed to join his sister and the other players in the winning team's locker room.

Sources: Daily Mail, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, YouTube / Photo credit: PDPics/Pixabay

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