Ladner 'Storm' their way to final 15
A Ladner girls soccer has a one in 15 chance or scoring one for their team—and the community.
The U10 Storm are among a group of youth soccer teams from across the country that have been selected as finalists in the BMO Team of the Week contest. At stake is a first prize of $125,000 to improve a sports field in the winning team's home town.
The winner is chosen by an online vote that runs Aug. 13-27.
To cast a vote, visit www.BMOsoccer.com.
But the benefits of winning don't just stop at the field improvements.
Members of the winning side will be granted a trip to watch an MLS (Major League Soccer) game involving one of the league's Canadian teams (Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, or Vancouver Whitecaps FC), or a Canadian National Team match.
Plus, the winner will receive an additional $5,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.
In the case of the Ladner Storm, that would be directed to BC Children's Hospital.
"Rain or shine, we play, and it's an honor to know that our dedication has been recognized. In addition, the opportunity to win a prize for upgrades to our fields is fantastic not only for this team, but also for our entire community," said Storm coach Robb Semler. "Our girls work so hard to excel at the sportthey love, and at the same time, they share their love of soccer by making every effort to give back to the community. I couldn't ask for a better group of girls to coach."
In mid June the Storm were celebrated for making the competition's final 15 with a ceremony at the Ladner BMO branch where they were presented with specially embroidered team of the week track suits.