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Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos wins SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition award

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos wins SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition award

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos said he’d never been surprised, until the day the school, his players and even family from Chile let him know he won the SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition Award.

“It means a lot to me because of the recognition we have for the kids,” Burgos said. “As I try to think all in, and think about this, I think my initial inclination is to think about them, about the fact that what we’re doing is seen, that their hard work will pay off and those values that I’m trying to instill in them are reaching them. And I’m very humbled about the whole experience.

"I’ve never been thanked publicly and it’s new, but it’s obviously something positive for the community, which the work I do is centered around.”

The school held a ceremony to honor Burgos, whose nomination bested more than 300 others to win. His team at Catalyst Maria won $2,500. Burgos’ friend and former colleague, Joel Farran, nominated him for his countless works in the community. Just some of the acts Burgos was noted for in the nomination include helping facilitate college scholarships for students, building relationships for students who were struggling to find proper housing, reaching out to students on the middle school levels, inviting parents to come together through events like potluck picnics and organizing a tournament for sixth through eighth-grade students as a way to provide a safe and fun environment for local children.

“He puts people first, and he puts people before himself, and he’s all about elevating others,” Farran said. “Whether it’s on the field or off the field, soccer is just one of the ways he does that. But it is the way he knows best. And it’s about creating opportunities — not only on the field — but when you fail on the field, learning to adjust from that and create solutions, but off the field, creating opportunities for scholar-athletes to continue to excel.”

Burgos’ students agree.

“He’s more than just a coach,” soccer player Alondra Gonzalez said. "He’s like another father-figure to me. When it comes to coaching, he does more than beyond. He created a webpage so everyone could see us. He created a ‘Go Fund Me’ [page] so we could have money for our uniforms, like jackets, because we play in the cold, and he wants us to do a lot more than just play and practice almost every day to be better.”

Another student-athlete, Angel Santillan, said Burgos is an “amazing person.”

“He means everything to me,” Santillan said. "Like the sport, it’s just a passion that he does everything for us. It’s a great experience to be coached by Mr. B. He’s just an amazing coach and he does everything for us.”

Three-time Olympian Kara Winger presented Burgos with the award, as a representative of TrueSport.

“Coach Burgos is clearly taking the time and effort to make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Winger said. “I was very blessed to have amazing coaches growing up who taught me how to be not only the best athlete I could be, but to be the best person I could be, and it’s clearly his mission here at Catalyst Maria schools, so TrueSport is so excited to honor him with the Champion Coach Award.”

Burgos, who was visibly moved by the surprise celebration, said he appreciated his work being recognized.

“I know there’s a lot of joy when you give, when you simply give without thinking about what’s going to happen next,” he said. “I do it because it’s the way that I continue to grow; it keeps me alive. I think we humans are here on Earth to take care of each other, to respect each other, to love each other, to cheer each other up. And those are values that I defend, and I have defended always.

"And now that I’m here, and I see that they are recognized, it validates what I knew. It will ultimately — if you are kind to people, if you’re loving, this is what happens. And it’s wonderful to see it for myself.”


Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Billie Jean King and Kendall Coyne Schofield promote Magellan Corporation Women’s Hockey Showcase

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Billie Jean King and Kendall Coyne Schofield promote Magellan Corporation Women’s Hockey Showcase

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, tennis legend Billie Jean King and U.S. women's hockey Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield were at city hall on Friday to promote the Magellan Corporation Women’s Hockey Showcase.

The showcase is on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20, featuring Olympic hockey players from all over the world, including 2018 U.S. gold medal team members Schofield and Hilary Knight, Megan Bozek, Canadian gold medalist Marie-Philip Poulin and Finnish medalist Noora Raty.

The showcase also includes many other star players, such as gold medalists Cami Granato and Angela Ruggerio. On Friday, Oct. 18, the players will hold a youth hockey clinic. 

King and Mayor Lightfoot showed their support of the event, which is the first time a women’s professional hockey event has come to the city of Chicago. The Blackhawks are also supporting the showcase, thanks in large part to the event being at their practice arena. 

Individual day passes for Saturday and Sunday of the showcase are available for $25 each. Passes to attend both days are available for $40 and can be purchased here.

More information on the event can be found here.

Super Bowl LIII: Look Familiar, Bears Fans?

Super Bowl LIII: Look Familiar, Bears Fans?

If Super Bowl LIII had an oddly familiar feel to it for Bears fans, there’s a reason. Until the Rams’ final game, the team who had held the NFL’s second-best offense to its lowest point total of the season was Chicago. The Bears’ 15-6 win over the Rams in week 14 was the first time the Rams had been held without a touchdown all season. It didn’t happen again until the Super Bowl.

Rams RB Todd Gurley finished with 35 yards on 10 carries in the Super Bowl, and had only 28 yards on 11 carries against the Bears. Chicago held Gurley to his lowest rushing output in the regular season. In the playoffs, Gurley ran for 115 yards and a TD against Dallas in the Divisional round, then had only 10 yards on the ground against New Orleans in the NFC Championship game.

Unfortunately for Rams QB Jason Goff, he also saw arguably his worst performance since that Bears game in the Super Bowl. Against the Bears, Goff was 20-of-44 for 180 yards. He threw 4 interceptions, and was sacked three times. His QB rating in that game was a paltry 19.1. Against the Patriots—he was 19-of-38 for 229 yards and an INT, for a 57.9 rating.

Stifling Gurley and shutting down Goff is no easy task, but both the Bears and Patriots were able to do so, and both won their respective games. If only the Bears defense had had the chance to face the Patriots… but that’s a feeling Bears fans know all too well.