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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 13, 2008 — The Montreal Impact and the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) kicked off the successful stay-in-school program called All the Way with the Impact (Jusqu’au bout avec l’Impact), Wednesday, designed to promote the importance of persevering in school.

The official English tour launch took place at Gardenview Elementary School  in St. Laurent, featuring the presence of players Mauro Biello and Adam Braz, as well as ambassador and former player Lloyd Barker, and club president Joey Saputo.

“We’re thrilled with the success of this stay-in-school program and of this partnership,” said Montreal Impact President Joey Saputo. “Many parallels can be drawn between academic success and excellence in sports, and to that effect, many players on our team are good examples of perseverance and excellence for children.”

EMSB Chair Angela Mancini applauded the initiative. “Players from the Montreal Impact serve as role models for our students,” she remarked. “Our experience over the past two years was appreciated by everyone, from the school visits to the exciting games we attended. We can’t wait to do it all over again.”

Over the next few weeks, Lloyd Barker will visit some EMSB elementary and high schools to discuss with students the importance of staying in school and striving for excellence.

As part of the partnership, the Impact’s game on Wednesday, June 4 against Miami FC will be dedicated to the EMSB. In each of the last two seasons, the EMSB sold 3,500 tickets per game.

The Impact will once again hold a special ceremony before the game, highlighting some of the most outstanding students, and bursaries will be awarded to those with the highest academic standings. These bursaries are named in honour of the late Tony Licursi, the long-time Impact statistician who died two years ago. Mr. Licursi was a member of the EMSB’s James Lyng High School Alumni Association.

As part of the partnership, Mr. Saputo will return for the second consecutive year as honourary chairman of the annual EMSB Golf Scholarship Tournament. It will take place on Friday, June 27 at Saint Raphaël Golf Club in Île Bizard.

The Impact will kick off the 2008 First Division United Soccer Leagues season on
April 12 in Vancouver. They will open at home in the new Saputo Stadium on Monday, May 19. The Impact 2008 season-ticket packages are currently on sale. For further information, call 514-328-3668 or visit


February 18
10 am
Dante Elementary, St. Leonard
6980 Lachenaie

February 19
10 am
Edinburgh Elementary, Montreal West
500 Hudson

February 22
10 am
Nesbitt Elementary, Rosemount
6108 8th Avenue

February 25
9:45 am
Royal Vale Elementary, N.D.G.
5851 Somerled

March 10
10:30 am
Perspectives High School, St. Michel
7770 20th Avenue

March 12
10 am and 11:15 am
LaurenHill Junior Campus High School, St. Laurent
2355 Decelles, St Laurent

March 14
10 am
Lester B. Pearson High School, Montreal North
11565 P.M. Favier

March 17
11:15 am
Options II High School, Ville Émard
1741 de Biencourt

Claudia Gervais, Montreal Impact  
514-328-3668 (ext. 34)     

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213