I Stand With Coach Bell

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Coach Dave Bell of the Bergen Catholic High School Wrestling Program has mentored many young athletes and helped them develop into productive members of society over the last two decades.  He is also a teacher at the high school.  He is a great role model for all coaches in the sport of wrestling—and I admire his character and his demeanor on and off the mat.  Dave also lives in my neighborhood—and I am proud to share the same zip code as this man.  

A few years ago Pinning Down Autism, a charity I help run to promote awareness of autism through the sport of wrestling, needed a venue with short notice for our annual All-Star Duals.  Dave Bell locked in the Bergen Catholic facilities for us.  He never asked for anything in return, and throughout the event he was constantly helping with a variety of tasks.  

This week Coach Bell became the recipient of an alleged lawsuit involving damaging accusations to his career, and his character in general.  I wanted to start this petition—not to attack the accuser—but as a sign of gratitude for all that Dave Bell has done for me, my charity, and all the young people he has mentored in the wrestling community.  Anyone who signs this petition is signing to support Coach Bell through this ordeal so he can get back to focusing on mentoring our youth and helping these kids win, on and off the mat.