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Southend United Sharks of London, Ontario Named BMO Team of the Week Winner

- Team becomes the next contender for $125,000 prize towards a field refurbishment

- Players recently raised money for cancer research by participating in Relay For Life

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 2, 2012) -

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

As part of its nationwide youth soccer program, BMO Financial Group today announced the third 2012 BMO Team of the Week winner. The Southend United Sharks - a group of U-12 girls from London, Ontario - were recognized for their strong team spirit and efforts within the community.

"I have watched these girls develop as athletes over the past three years. Through their coaches, their teammates, and their love of soccer, they have learned some of the most valuable lessons: Try hard, respect your opponent, and stick with it, even when the tides are against you," said Judith Lo, Head Coach of the Southend United Sharks. "These small and mighty girls keep getting up, coming back, trying harder, and getting better. Look out for another Shark Attack!"

The Southend United Sharks are the third of 15 youth soccer teams (age 7-12) across Canada to be selected as weekly winners based on team pride, spirit, community commitment and passion for the game. The winners will then vie for the title of BMO Team of the Week 2012 Champion, to be selected by the Canadian public. Online voting will begin on August 13.

"This recognition goes beyond the scoreboard and ball-handling skills," said David Blyth, District Vice-President, Southwest Ontario, BMO Bank of Montreal. "The players' involvement with Relay for Life also speaks to their passion for reaching out to the community as a whole. Last season their participation raised over $2,500 and allowed these young athletes to connect with survivors, share stories on how cancer has touched their lives, and learn about the power of giving to the community. Congratulations to the Sharks on a well deserved BMO Team of the Week win!"

The Southend United Sharks' team profile can be viewed at

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

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