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Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Burnaby Girls Sparks Celebrate BMO Team of the Week Title

- Team vying to win grand prize including $125,000 field refurbishment

- Sparks donating $500 from BMO to KidSport Burnaby



BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2012) - On Saturday, June 23rd, the Burnaby Girls Sparks will celebrate with their community after being recently named this year's 8th BMO Team of the Week, a title that puts them in the running to be named the 2012 BMO Team of the Week Champion.

As part of the prize, BMO will be making a $500 donation to the team's charity of choice; The Sparks have selected KidSport Burnaby, an organization which works to provide young people in Burnaby a chance to experience the countless benefits that participation in organized sports promotes.

"It's thrilling to see a team that is passionate not just about soccer, but about helping the community as well," said Henry Donkers, District Vice-President, Vancouver, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Instead of waiting for presents to come to them, the Sparks spent last Christmas season raising money for the Salvation Army's Adopt-A-Family program. With such commitment, I can think of no better team to receive this honour. Congratulations, Sparks: you deserve it!"

What: Team Celebration and prize distribution
When: Saturday, June 23, 2012
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: BMO Burnaby Main Branch
4789 Kingsway, #100
Burnaby, B.C.

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.

Internet: www.BMOsoccer.com

For media inquiries or to confirm attendance, please contact
Krysta Cooke
416-867-3996
Krysta.cooke@bmo.com