Coach Bascome: ‘I Love The People Of Bermuda’

December 21, 2016

“My decision to share is an important part of my healing process,” Coach Andrew Bascome said, adding that “I love the people of Bermuda. You might not have realized that you helped me to get through this.”

Coach Andrew Bascome TC Bermuda December 21 2016

This follows after the well known football coach revealed that he was molested as a child.

Speaking at a press conference earlier this month, Coach Bascome, said, “You don’t know what kids are going through, I have been through that. I’ve been molested.

“All I want to do, is just teach football and just give back to football and try to just help that one kid that might not have any hope and feel worthless and useless,” he added.

In thanking the public, Coach Andrew Bascome said, ”I love the people of Bermuda. You might not have realized that you helped me to get through this. You appreciated my talents and my commitment – even my opposition. A good challenger makes a great champion.

“Thank you to my family. Thank you mom and dad for giving me life. My decision to share is an important part of my healing process. 

“If my life meant experiencing the things that I have in order to save just one child in my position – then I can rest having turned bad into good. Love you Bermuda.”

In addition, ABC Football Foundation said they would like to commend their Founder and President for his “courageous public statement.”

“We know that in a small community such as ours, such an admission can be a personally challenging one, and we encourage any other men, women, boys or girls who have been exposed to similar abuse to go to or trusted organization such as SCARS to start the process of healing,” the Foundation said.

“Our Foundation is guided by the understanding that the true purpose of football and sports in general is to develop character and to create a healthy human being, both physically and mentally.

“Coach Bascome is a living example that it works, and he, through his hallmark practice of selfless football, spends every day of the week, year in and year out, developing over 200-300 youth daily with his philosophy, passion and drive.

“Our approach is guided in technique, values, structure, preparedness, passion and is led by teachers of the highest qualifications. We believe that our talent is one of the few natural resources that Bermuda has, and the children of Bermuda deserve the best.

“As the sport of football became Coach’s safe space in his youth and beyond, we have worked to ensure that our programmes can serve as a safe space to allow children to gain confidence without judgment, and adult or societal pressures, values or attitudes.

“As such, our objective for 2017 is to expand the Foundation’s “Football Matters” programme through all primary schools, as we believe it will offer a valuable process for the betterment of Bermuda and humanity.”

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  1. hmmm says:

    Proud of you for speaking up Andrew. Thank You.

  2. FYI says:

    God Bless you as you continue to heal and transform the lives of our youth through football!!!!! I pray the courage you have shown in speaking out will enable other victims to seek the help they need. God Bless!!!

  3. Thinker says:

    Drew I hope your courage speads throughout this island and that those effected by this horror also find the courage to relieve themselves of their burden also.
    I have the outmost respect for your transition (from silent victim to healing man).
    You have helped so many on the feild and now off the feild!!!
    Wishing you complete healing son!!!

  4. Thinker says:

    We LOVE you too Drew!!!
    And thank you for the years already committed to the sport as well as ALL the BEST in your future!

    Remember: Those who matter don’t judge!!
    Those who judge don’t matter!!!

  5. Islander says:

    Love you Skippy, Family for life!

    • frank says:

      now that we know what happened to this man
      what has happened to bring criminal charges against the molester

      • Real Deal says:

        They are probably long gone. this did not happen just yesterday He may look young but he is not.

        • Kathy says:

          Never too late! He did say he sees the perpetrator from time to time!

  6. mmm says:

    Your interest in development of our youth on the field and off the field is a testimony in itself, and it speaks, in part to the fact that your healing began long before your public admission a few days ago, you love football with a passion, and so does David. We thank you and want to encourage all of our youth to give to the Country.

  7. Shari-Lynn Pringle says:

    You are loved beyond measure. Always know this – and if I never told you thanks for how you lifted the self-esteem of a 16 year old girl so many moons ago, THANK YOU! May you and your brothers and respective families continue to be blessed. Thanks for all you continue to do for the community especially our youth. 1Love.

  8. Jingas says:

    Andrew Bascome is an amazing coach. He coached me as a young boy and it meant the world to me in how patient he was in helping me grow stronger in my game. Especially, with the fact I was going through abuse myself. I also respect him for how he sees beyond the color of a man’s skin. I think Bermuda could learn a lot from Mr. Bascome.