TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/13 -- Youth soccer teams across Canada still have a chance to bring a $125,000 field to their local community, but time is running out. BMO is encouraging Canadians to nominate their local team for the chance to vie for the title of BMO Team of the Week 2013 Champion, a title that includes $125,000 towards a refurbishment of their local soccer field.
BMO has recognized nine teams as a BMO Team of the Week so far this year, and there are six more spots remaining. Each week, over the next six weeks, BMO will select a Team of the Week from the remaining nominees.
"This is a great opportunity for soccer fans across Canada to bring national recognition to their community and their young athletes," said Justine Fedak, Senior Vice-President, Branding, Advertising & Sponsorships, BMO Financial Group. "Being named BMO Team of the Week 2013 Champion would not just be a great source of pride for your community - the grand prize creates a legacy that the entire community can enjoy well into the future."
The contest, open to youth soccer players aged 7-12, recognizes local youth soccer teams who demonstrate team pride, spirit, community commitment and passion for the game. Until July 12, Canadian soccer coaches, parents and community members can nominate their favourite youth soccer team at BMOsoccer.com. Plus, nominators get the chance to earn 200 Bonus AIR MILES reward miles for their submission. BMO Team of the Week has also gained momentum with Canadian National Women's Team stars Diana Matheson, Erin McLeod and Rhian Wilkinson acting as BMO Team of the Week Ambassadors.
All 15 weekly BMO Team winners will receive a celebration at their local BMO branch, $500, BMO Team of the Week tracksuits and a $500 donation to a local charity. Each of the winning teams will become finalists for the grand prize and vie for the title of BMO Team of the Week 2013 Champion, a title that is decided by the Canadian public through online daily voting at BMOsoccer.com from August 5-19, 2013.
BMO Team of the Week Winners for 2013:
Week #1 - Hollandia Gremio
Week #2 - Monteuil Sparta
Week #3 - Blizzard Bayern
Week #4 - St. Catharines Roma
Week #5 - Coastal FC Thunder
Week #6 - Cambridge United
Week #7 - Scotia Soccer Club Tier 2 U12A Girls
Week #8 - Harbour City FC - Team France
Week #9 - Scottish United U12 Girls
About BMO and Soccer
BMO supports soccer across Canada from youth players in local neighbourhoods and communities all the way up to the professional level. Our deep commitment to 'The Beautiful Game' is evident from the beginning of the curve with our grassroots sponsorship of more than 1,000 youth teams nationally. The relationship continues with support of Canada's men's and women's national teams, our professional teams (Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Montreal Impact) and our soccer venue title sponsorship (BMO Field).
About BMO Team of the Week
BMO Team of the Week is Canada's premier sport celebration at the grassroots level, engaging a nation and inspiring communities by recognizing youth soccer teams who demonstrate team pride, team spirit, community commitment and passion for the game. Fifteen weekly winners will be named BMO Team of the Week starting April 17, and entered for a chance to be voted by Canadians as 2013 BMO Team of the Week Champion. The grand prize includes a $125,000 refurbishment of their community soccer field and a road trip to a Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Montreal Impact, or Canadian National Team home game. Former BMO Team of the Week Champions include Glen Shields Sun Devils 2000 (2011) and Ladner Storm (2012).
Beja Rodeck, Toronto
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
Valerie Doucet, Montreal
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