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Two Eagles inducted into Legacy Hall

The District 230 Foundation recently added 11 members to the distinguished list of alumni who inspire current students and remind them of all that is possible when you have the support of the D230 community. Legacy Hall was established to recognize and honor graduates from Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools who make an impact in their careers, their families and their communities.

Since 2008, the Foundation has been proud to recognize alumni from District 230 for their outstanding contributions in eight different categories: Education and Humanities - Science and Technology - Philanthropy and Non-Profit - Arts and Entertainment - Sports and Recreation - Business and Commerce - Government and Military - Community and Volunteerism

To be selected for Legacy Hall, candidates must not only be recognized for their careers, but also demonstrate a willingness to give back to their communities and to share their expertise, knowledge, and time with others. As part of Legacy Hall, candidates are able to return to their alma maters, and share the story of their careers with the students of District 230. The Foundation hopes and believes they will have a lasting impact on students’ paths in the future, creating the future generation of Legacy Hall inductees.

Congratulations to the Sandburg High School Legacy Hall Class of 2022: 

Brian Forystek
Brian Forystek graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in 1996. During his four years as an Eagle, Brian became one of the most accomplished baseball players in school history. As a pitcher, he broke the single season records for strike-outs, wins and ERA. Brian carried the Eagles to state in 1996 where he earned All-State honors and was named Player of the Year by the Chicago Tribune.

He was the first Carl Sandburg baseball player to be drafted out of high school by the Florida Marlins. Brian chose to attend Illinois State University and after an outstanding college baseball career, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched 7 seasons, playing at all levels in the organization. In 2002 he was placed on the Baltimore Orioles 40 man roster.  

Brian’s passion for baseball and athletics lives on in his career and family life. Today, Brian runs two successful businesses centered around baseball: Future Stars Baseball Academy in Mokena and Chicago Elite which is a travel baseball and college recruiting organization. He has helped over 150 college commits since 2012 with 77 committing to Division I schools and 7 Major League Draft picks.  

Brian’s daughters, Mia and Ella, share their father’s athleticism. He loves to cheer them on in soccer, basketball, cross country and track.  Mia was the Illinois State Champion in the 800 meter AND mile last year.  He is extremely proud of both girls who work hard and have lots of fun…just like Brian! 

Mike Probasco

Mike Probasco graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in 1983, and he was a fixture there long after. He devoted his time and talent to the Sandburg Athletic Boosters for many years. From 2010-2020, he served as President of the Boosters. Under his direction, the Boosters raised approximately 1.3 million dollars for 31 different sports programs and awarded $250,000 in athletic scholarships.

During Mike's tenure as president of the Boosters, he spent countless hours supervising parent volunteers, student athletes, working the concession stand on Friday nights, running board meetings, communicating with donors, and overseeing the well-known and well-respected Sandburg craft fair that typically raised $100,000 annually for the benefit of the student athletes. 

Mike’s philanthropy extends even further. He spent many years volunteering his skills on behalf of the District 230 Foundation as a board member; working with community partners and planning fundraisers. 

Prior to that, Mike was President of the Orland Youth Association’s High School Basketball League and manager of an elite travel baseball organization. 

All of these good deeds were done on Mike’s personal time. Mike’s full time job is with Palos School District 118 and he has been there for 30 years. 

Mike's efforts are so extraordinary and so expansive, he has been recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education who provided him the Meritorious Service Award in the category of Community Volunteer. The Carl Sandburg Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Mike in 2021. 

Personally and professionally, Mike’s dedication benefits our community’s youth, their teachers and parents.