MONTREAL, APRIL 25, 2012 — For the seventh year in a row, the English Montreal School Board has announced the continuation of a partnership with the Montreal Impact soccer team through its “All the Way with the Impact” program.
Over the next few months, members of the Impact will be visiting elementary and high schools to remind young students of the importance of studying, persevering and building self-confidence in order to succeed. The traditional “EMSB Night” will take place on Wednesday, May 2 (8pm) when the Impact hosts Toronto FC at Olympic Stadium. This is part of the Amway Canadian Championship, which involves the three top professional clubs in Canada, in the race to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. That is an international competition between professional clubs from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
During half-time, the EMSB’s presence will be recognized and two students will be presented with $500 Tony Licursi Bursaries before the game. Mr. Licursi was the team’s statistician and a devoted member of the James Lyng High School Alumni Association. He passed away a number of years ago. The award recognizes excellence in school and sports, preferably soccer.
This year’s winners are Grade 5 students Brandon Hernandez-Perez from St.Monica Elementary School in NDG and Angela Ghazarian from Cedarcrest Elementary School in St. Laurent. Brandon is described as “an excellent, all-round athlete who has been instrumental in the success of the school’s basketball, soccer (indoor and outdoor) and flag football team. “He is a true team player,” says Principal Claire Caillé. Angela is described as “humble, yet always available to lend a helping hand to both her peers and teachers.” She plays soccer, basketball, flag football, badminton, and loves to swim. In addition, she is a gifted piano and violin player.
“The Montreal Impact is aware of the key role it can play in encouraging children to persevere and aim for excellence, both in the classroom and on the field,” said Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo. “Our stay-in-school program was designed to allow students to meet these objectives.”
EMSB Chair Angela Mancini applauded the initiative. “Players from the Impact serve as role models for our students,” she remarked. “Our experience over the past four years has been appreciated by everyone, from the school visits to the exciting games we attended. We can’t wait to do it all over again.”