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London, Ontario's Nor'West Rebels Take Home BMO Team of the Week Title

- Team vying to be 2012 BMO Team of the Week Champion, a title which includes a $125,000 prize towards a field refurbishment

- U-10 boys team fundraising for the Canadian Liver Foundation, the London Food Bank and the Reforest London Campaign



LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2012) -

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

BMO Financial Group today announced the tenth in a series of weekly BMO Team of the Week winners for 2012. The Nor'West Rebels, a group of U-10 boys from London, Ontario, was awarded this week's title after being selected by the BMO Team of the Week judging panel. The Nor'West Rebels were selected for their team pride, team spirit, community involvement and passion for the game.

"Rebel players and parents cheer together, celebrate achievements as well as effort, and support each other," said Rebels' Coach Gabriel Pavez. "The boys know that developing as a team means an 'all for one' attitude, and they succeed when they tell each other to keep their heads up and their hearts strong. A pat on the shoulder from player to player is a common Rebel moment, and just one of the ways in which players, coaches, and parents all keep the Rebel spirit bright."

As part of its nationwide youth soccer program, BMO will name one Team of the Week honouree each week for 15 weeks. The 15 winners will then vie for the title of 2012 BMO Team of the Week Champion, to be selected by the Canadian public. Online voting will begin on August 13.

"This team has gone above and beyond in its community service efforts with organizations such as the London Food Bank, the Reforest London Campaign and the Canadian Liver Foundation," said David Blyth, District Vice-President, Ontario Southwest, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Community involvement like this is good to see at a young age and BMO is proud to recognize this group of impressive players."

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 18, and entered for a chance to be voted by Canadians as BMO Team of the Week 2012 Champion. The grand prize includes a $125,000 refurbishment of their community soccer field, a road trip to a Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Montreal Impact FC, or Canadian National Team home game, plus a $5,000 donation to the team's charity of choice.

To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20120619-norwest800.jpg.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Krysta Cooke, Toronto
(416) 867-3996
krysta.cooke@bmo.com

Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596
laurie.grant@bmo.com

Ron Monet, Montreal
(514) 887-1873
Ronald.Monet@bmo.com

Internet: www.BMOsoccer.com
Twitter: @BMOTOTW