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Family mourns young Olathe East coach who died of COVID-19

Kim and Carolyn Burnett remember their son as “a good guy in every way” and someone with a passion for sports. Chris Burnett coached football for Olathe East High School and Kansas City Glory, an all-girls team. “His mission was to teach children, to teach them to go to school, not to give up, just to be productive citizens.” His parents say Burnett, 34, died of COVID-19 on Saturday. Burnett had been in the hospital for two weeks. He was not vaccinated. “We had talked to him about it and he, you know, he’s young, he was like ‘I’m going to wait and see. I’m not sure,'” Ms Burnett said. After his father decided to get the vaccine, they encouraged Chris to talk to his doctor about “this opportunity.” “We just hope this opens people’s eyes to the fact that COVID is real. No matter how old you are, it’s not about the elderly, it’s about the people,” Burnett said. In addition to training at OEHS, Burnett has two daughters who are currently attending school and one who recently graduated. Her 12-year-old son is a student at Santa Fe Middle School. “Our hearts go out to the Burnett family during this difficult time. We will have counselors available this week for any student or staff in need of additional support.” a spokesperson for Olathe public schools said in a statement. His parents say he was making a difference in the lives of many young people and intended to help more. His mother said he was studying to be a physical education teacher and was on the dean’s list at Johnson County Community College. “The only thing I feel like he still wanted to accomplish was that he wanted to have some sort of Boys and Girls Club for boys, so that if they didn’t have father figures like it was for my, my grandson, they would have young men in their life, a place where they could go and have father figures and work with them and can kind of continue what he’s doing. An online fundraiser has been set up to help support Burnett’s family, and the Kansas City Glory has set up a fundraising page.

Kim and Carolyn Burnett remember their son as “a good guy in every way” and someone with a passion for sports. Chris Burnett coached football for Olathe East High School and Kansas City Glory, an all-girls team.

“All he wanted was to make an impact on the young people in this community, just to give back,” his father said. “His mission was to teach children, to teach them to go to school, not to give up, to just be productive citizens.”

His parents say Burnett, 34, died of COVID-19 on Saturday. Burnett had been in the hospital for two weeks. He was not vaccinated.

“We had talked to him about it and he, you know, he’s young, he was like ‘I’m going to wait and see. I’m not sure,'” Ms Burnett said.

After his father decided to get the shot, they encouraged Chris to talk to his doctor.

“He said, ‘Okay mom, I’m going to contact my doctor and I’m going to talk to my doctor and see’ but, he just never had that opportunity. ‘

“We just hope this opens people’s eyes to the fact that COVID is real. No matter how old you are, it’s not about the elderly, it’s about the people,” Burnett said.

In addition to being a coach at OEHS, Burnett has two daughters who are currently attending school and one who recently graduated. Her 12-year-old son is a student at Santa Fe Middle School.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with the Burnett family during this difficult time. We will have counselors available this week for any student or staff in need of additional support,” said a spokesperson for Olathe Public Schools in a statement.

His parents say he was making a difference in the lives of many young people and intended to help more. His mother said he was studying to be a physical education teacher and was on the dean’s list at Johnson County Community College.

“The only thing I feel like he still wanted to accomplish was that he wanted to have some sort of Boys and Girls Club for boys, so that if they didn’t have father figures like it was for my, my grandson, they would have young men in their life, a place where they could go and have father figures and work with them and can kind of continue what he’s doing. . “

An online fundraiser has been set up to help support Burnett’s family. Additionally, the Kansas City Glory has created a fundraising page.

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