MONTREAL, JANUARY 22 , 2009— The Montreal Impact and the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) have announced the continuation of the successful stay-in-school program called All the Way with the Impact (Jusqu’au Bout avec l’Impact), designed to promote the importance of persevering in school.
The official English launch will take place on Thursday, February 4 (1:30 p.m.) at John F. Kennedy High School (3030 Villeray) in St. Michel., featuring the presence of all-star defender Adam Braz. ambassador and former star player Lloyd Barker, team president Joey Saputo and technical director Nick DeSantis. This will be a homecoming of sorts for DeSantis, who also played for and coached the Impact, for he is a graduate of John F. Kennedy.
The All the way with the Impact tour is sponsored by the National Bank and has expanded to include other Montreal area school boards.
“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. “Both our stay-in-school program and new awareness project on the right to play with UNICEF were 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.”
Over the next few weeks, Barker will visit several EMSB elementary and secondary schools to discuss with kids the importance of staying in school and striving for excellence. He will also visit schools to talk about the right to play, promoting the importance of sport, play and leisure in the development of children in developing countries. Emphasis will be given to the importance of physical activity, as well as the values of respect, initiative-taking and cooperation, which are associated to play and sport.
As part of the partnership for the stay-in-school program, the annual EMSB Night at Saputo Stadium will take place at a date to be announced soon. 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 the top students. These bursaries are named in honour of the late Tony Licursi, the longtime Impact statistician who died four years ago. Mr. Licursi was a member of the EMSB’s James Lyng High School Alumni Association.
The EMSB is pleased to announce that Evangelista Sports (www.evangelistasports.com) is the official sponsor for all activities, contests and promotions related to soccer at the Board this year. This will include a special quiz about the World Cup of Soccer in the spring edition of the EMSB Express Newspaper.
Here is a list of Impact school visits.
LIST OF SCHOOLS:
Feb 10 St. Brendan Elementary School in Rosemount
6650 – 39th Avenue
Feb 12 St. Monica School in N.D.G.
6440 Terrebonne, N.D.G.
Note: for this visit Barker will be joined by former Impact captain and present-day assistant coach Mauro Biello, who is a graduate of St. Monica.
Feb 17 Fraser Academy in St. Laurent
Feb. 18 St. Raphael Centre in Ahuntsic
8735 Henri Julien (corner of Cremazie)
Feb 23 Dante Elementary School in St. Léonard
Feb 24 Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School in Montreal West
Claudia Gervais, Montreal Impact or Michael J. Cohen, EMSB
514-328-3668 (ext. 234) 514-483-7200, ext. 7243