MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 10 , 2010— 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.
On Friday, February 12 (1:30 p.m.) Mauro Biello, the team’s legendary and long serving team captain, will return to his former elementary school, St. Monica (6440Terrebonne) in N.D.G. and speak to students along with Impact ambassador and former star player Lloyd Barker.
Biello became assistant coach for the Impact on November 19, 2009, following a 19-year career span in professional soccer, including 16 seasons in the Montreal uniform. He concluded his career as the points leader in the history of the USL First Division (known as the A-League until 2004) with a total of 90 goals and 73 assists for 253 points in 429 career matches, including 344 as starter, for a total of 31,513 minutes played (regular season, playoffs and cup matches). In 389 matches and 28,076 career minutes played with Montreal, Biello compiled 77 goals and 67 assists, for 221 points (regular season, playoffs and cup matches).
Biello ranks first in the club in games played, games started, minutes played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, as well as shots on goal. Drafted at 18 by the Montreal Supra, Biello made his debut with the Impact in 1993. He helped the Impact clinch three playoff championships (1994, 2004 and 2009), five regular season championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 2005 and 2006), the Canadian championship in 2008 and the US Open Cup with Rochester in 1999 (the Impact did not play that year). Biello won the Giuseppe Saputo Trophy awarded to the Impact team’s MVP four times (1997, 1998, 2001 and 2005). He was also selected on five occasions to the All-League First team and once in the All-League Second team. He was also the last active player to have been part of the inaugural edition of the Montreal Impact and was the team captain of the club since 2001.
The All the way with the Impact tour is sponsored by the National Bank and has expanded to include other Montreal area school boards 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. 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 the remaining Impact school visits.
LIST OF SCHOOLS:
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