AURORA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/26/13 -- BMO today announced that the Girls U9 Aurora Stingers A from Aurora have been named BMO Team of the Week. The title comes with a $500 team prize, a $500 donation to a charity of the team's choice, BMO Team of the Week tracksuits for the team and coaching staff and a community celebration in the team's honour at a local BMO branch.
Recognized for their work on and off the field, this extraordinary group of girls is the 11th team to be named BMO Team of the Week in 2013. A total of 15 weekly winners across Canada will be named over the course of the summer as part of BMO's national grassroots soccer program.
"This astonishing young team defines the essence of determination, perseverance, love, friendship and teamwork that goes far beyond the game they love to play," said George Georgeiopoulos, Head Coach of the Aurora Stingers' A. "This is a truly inspirational group of girls who have a tremendous amount of pride in their team and in their community."
BMO Team of the Week recognizes youth soccer teams (age 7-12) across Canada that demonstrate team pride, spirit, community commitment and passion for the game. Fifteen teams will be selected as BMO Team of the Week. Each of the weekly winners will then vie for the title of 2013 BMO Team of the Week Champion. The Champion will be determined by the Canadian public through daily online voting at BMOsoccer.com from August 5-19 for the team they feel is most deserving of the award.
"This is a remarkable group of young girls, led by a truly dedicated coach," said Lily Capriotti, District Vice President, GTA Central, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Not only do they work hard on the field, these girls spread their positive spirit throughout the community by going above and beyond in their charitable initiatives."
Aurora Stingers' full team profile can be viewed at www.BMOsoccer.com.
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).
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
Valerie Doucet, Montreal
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