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Bishop O'Connell Given 2 Awards Recognizing Commitment to Faith-Filled Leadership

Play Like a Champion’s Nan Tulchinsky Athletic Leadership Award given to Bishop O’Connell High School and student-athlete Maggie McDonough. Both the school and McDonough are praised by Play Like a Champion for their unwavering commitment to a faith-filled sports experience.

June 29, 2018 For more information: Peter Piscitello,

The Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series presented both Bishop O’Connell High School and student-athlete Maggie McDonough with the Nan Tulchinsky Athletic Leadership Award. For five decades, Nan Tulchinsky has served the South Bend Community as a teacher, coach, athletic director and volunteer mentor. This award is given annually to a person or organization that models her example of character, passion, integrity, service, leadership and love for all children.

The 2018 award was presented during a Friday evening banquet dinner at the 2018 Play Like a Champion Today Sports Leadership Conference, held June 22-23, 2018 at the University of Notre Dame. McDonough was a speaker at the event, taking part in a panel discussion on leadership. Bishop O’Connell High School has been a blue-ribbon partner of Play Like a Champion, annually training coaches, parents and student-athletes in the Play Like a Champion philosophy.

A rising senior at Bishop O’Connell High School, McDonough is the founder of the school’s CHAMPS club. Standing for Character, Honor and Morality in Play by Student-Athletes, CHAMPS is comprised of a group of student-athletes who meet regularly to participate in faith-sharing and faith-formation centered around athletics. An accomplished student-athlete at the Arlington, VA school, McDonough has worked tirelessly to build the program in her school.

“Maggie is a young woman of character with a strong faith in Christ,” said Kristin Sheehan, Program Director for the Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series. “A true servant leader to her classmates, school and community, she inspires us to build the Kingdom of God and make the world around us a better place.”

Bishop O’Connell’s award was accepted by Mr. Carl Patton, the school’s Assistant Head of School and Director of Instruction and Curriculum. Said Sheehan “Bishop O’Connell’s deep commitment to mission integration through all elements of the educational process reveals a dedication to educating the whole student in mind, body and spirit. All schools can find inspiration in their dedication to developing our youth.”

McDonough receives her Award from Program Director Kristin Sheehan (left) and Nan Tulchinsky (center)

Bishop O’Connell’s award is presented to Carl Patton, Assistant Head of School & Director of Instruction and Curriculum

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