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Only 4 Days Left to Nominate Your Favourite Youth Soccer Team for BMO Team of the Week

- Canadian public decides 2012 BMO Team of the Week Champion through online voting August 13-27

- Grand prize includes a $125,000 prize towards a field refurbishment

- Three spots remaining amongst the list of finalists

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 10, 2012) - BMO Financial Group - the Bank of Soccer in Canada - is reminding parents, coaches and community members that there are just 4 days left to nominate their favourite youth soccer team (age 7-12) for the BMO Team of the Week program.

A team is recognized each week for its team pride, spirit, community involvement, and passion for the game of soccer. Weekly winners receive a $500 team prize, a $500 donation to a charity of their choosing, Team of the Week tracksuits and a branch celebration within their community.

Fifteen weekly winners are named, who then vie for the 2012 BMO Team of the Week Championship. The champion will be selected by the Canadian public and receive a $125,000 prize towards a field refurbishment, a trip to see a Canadian MLS or National Team home game, plus a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice.

"We've seen hundreds of quality nominations from across the country," said Sandy Bourne, Vice-President, Sponsorships, BMO Financial Group. "BMO Team of the Week gives communities the opportunity to highlight their local youth soccer teams, and with just days left, we want to encourage more nominations. There are still three weekly teams left to be selected."

2012 BMO Team of the Week Finalists are as follows:

Monteuil Sparta - Laval, QC
KNSC Boys 2000 Lions - Kleinburg, ON
Southend United Sharks - London, ON
Ottawa Royals Futuro - Ottawa, ON
Acme Dragons - Acme, AB
Valley Gardens Rockets - Winnipeg, MB
Ladner Girls U10 Development Team - Ladner, BC
Burnaby Girls Sparks - Burnaby, BC
Eliot River Ramblers U-12 Premier - Cornwall, PEI
Nor'West Rebels - London, ON
Montreal Lakeshore U-10 AA Girls - Montreal, QC
Les Griffons MU-10A du CSMRO - Mont Royal/Outremont, QC

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.

For further information:
For media inquiries, please contact:
Krysta Cooke, Toronto
(416) 867-3996

Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596

Ron Monet, Montreal
(514) 887-1873

Twitter: @BMOTOTW