EMSB SENDING 4,800 FANS TO IMPACT NIGHT
MONTREAL, JUNE 3, 2008- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will have a very strong and exciting presence at the Wednesday, June 4 (7:30 p.m.) Montreal Impact game at the new Saputo Stadium.
A record total of 4,800 tickets have been sold to EMSB students and staff for the Impact game against Miami FC, surpassing the total of 3,500 seats sold in each of the previous two EMSB Impact Nights.
The EMSB enjoys an excellent partnership with the Impact. For three years now the EMSB has teamed up with the professional soccer team for the Impact Stay In School Program, in which players visit the schools. Head coach Nick DeSantis and a number of players graduated from EMSB schools. Impact President Joey Saputo is the honourary chair of the EMSB Scholarship Golf Tournament June 27 at Golf Saint-Raphaël.
Before the game, the EMSB’s presence will be recognized and two students who have shown a love for soccer will be presented with $500 Tony Licursi Bursaries. Mr. Licursi was the team’s statistician and a devoted member of the James Lyng High School Alumni Association. He passed away two years ago. This year’s recipients are Samantha Cappuccino of Dante Elementary School in St. Léonard and Ryan Gugliotti of John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel. Samantha is a 11 year old grade 6 student. Since she was little, she has had a passion for the game of soccer and has played on various teams since the age of seven. She currently plays for the AA Lions of St. Léonard, where she has been a stand-out on her volleyball, basketball and running teams, and is the captain of her intramural hockey club. Ryan is a 16 year old Secondary IV student who is also an honour roll student. He plays for Ahuntsic AA soccer and for the school's soccer team. Ryan is a very active intramural sport player of both soccer and basketball. He also was on the JFK track team.
EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini will take part in the ceremonial opening kickoff with Mr. Saputo.