Crowd applauds new football star Liam Bascle – the Saint Anselm Crier
On Tuesday, August 31, the community of Saint Anselm came together to support Liam Bascle, a 7-year-old Bedford native with a malignant brain tumor, a rare form of pediatric brain cancer. Hundreds of Anselmians, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and monks, have come forward to support Liam.
According to coach Bruno Victal, the men’s football coach, the community of Saint Anselme has been very important to Liam. “We didn’t expect a lot of people to show up to support Liam. We thought it would only be the football team and Liam. It was an incredible experience. “
Liam’s day began with his arrival on campus at 4 p.m. in a limousine. He went to the soccer team‘s movie theater to join the team immediately after arriving and officially register as an Anselmian Falcon. After a brief press conference, the students lined up the parade route and Liam walked the route to the Sullivan Arena to the team locker room. The entire men’s soccer team decorated the room for Liam, including blue lights to represent his favorite color, a Nintendo Switch with MarioKart playing, gifts for Liam and players Kevin Jordan and Kyle White dressed up as Mario and Luigi, Liam’s favorite characters.
The soccer team then took Liam to the soccer field to play soccer. According to his mother, it was the most physically active Liam had been in months. They started with a goalie and kept adding more until it was the whole squad, a moment that was described by Zach Elliot, the captain of the men’s soccer team, like “awesome”.
Junior midfielder Kevin Jordan added: “It was great to see Liam sign this paper and score a goal. It was more important to be a part of it than any game. Seeing Liam’s smile was really worth it for us.
Senior member Jake Reynolds also commented on the experience, saying, “Being able to share the pitch with Liam and seeing him sign to officially become a member of our squad was amazing. It has given me the overwhelming feeling that many of the big decisions that I have made so far in my life have been the right ones. Being there at that time with Liam and my teammates was the reason for the almost 20 years of time, love and energy I put into football. Reynolds also reflected on how his experience affected him. “This experience also put into perspective for me the importance that kindness and love can play among all the injustices in the world around us. How we as a people can recognize injustice and choose to come together and give the seven year old who loves football a day they will never forget.“
Elliot, Jordan and Coach Victal were all blown away by the number of Anselmians who came to support Liam on Tuesday. Elliot said, “At first we saw a few people in front of the Carr Center, which made us happy. As we continued downhill I was blown away by the number of people there to support Liam. I’ve never seen so many people come forward to something like this before, and it left me speechless. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.
Coach Victal made a similar statement. “Once Liam left and it was just us my guys got really emotional. Our Saturday pre-game speech from our assistant coach was also very emotional. In the end, he told the team to come out, play for Liam, and know the impact they were having.
Victal also reported that alumni, parents of former players and even people from as far away as Brazil texted her letting her know how proud they were of Saint Anselm College. “Liam touched so many hearts. It was an amazing gesture on the part of the college, and it really blew me away.
Jordan described how the team would use meeting Liam as motivation during the season: “When you meet a kid whose dream is to be on a college football team, you better give it your all. have, if not for yourself, for this child. “
Elliot would like to thank Saint Anselm for showing up for Liam on August 31st. Likewise, Victal wants everyone to know that the football team and the Anselmian community just did the right thing. “At the end of the day, we just did the right thing. We did nothing while expecting something in return. All we did was grant a wish and let this boy have the happiest day of his life.