“BMO has been a founding partner of Toronto FC since day one of the franchise’s history and has played a critical role in the club’s growth and many successes over those fifteen years,” said the Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “It’s fitting that we announce a long-term renewal with BMO as we have made it our goal not only to deliver another championship for the city and our fans, but also the long-term goal of growing football and creating opportunities for women and Girls create in soccer across the country. We are grateful to BMO for their continued support and we look forward to all that we can achieve together over the next ten years.”
“BMO is proud to share more than 15 years of history with MLSE. This renewed partnership with Toronto FC demonstrates the strength of our commitment to the franchise and to increasing gender equality in football and beyond,” says Cameron Fowler, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, BMO Financial Group. “Our goal is to boldly let the good grow in business and in life and our commitment to an inclusive society drives us to partner with leading organizations like MLSE to create and scale up programs that address barriers to inclusion.”
Toronto FC has a long history of investing in player development through the Academy and TFC II, which train high-profile talent at the BMO Training Grounds and prepare them for a professional career. BMO shares the club’s passion for developing and nurturing young talent and remains a Presenting Partner of KickStarta program run by the MLSE Foundation, also in partnership with Toronto Public Housing, that introduces youth to the game of football with an emphasis on physical education and basic skill development.
“We are very excited to continue our partnership with BMO as one of our key Toronto FC supporters for another ten seasons,” he said Jordan Vader, Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships at MLSE. “BMO’s commitment to providing equal opportunities in sports for girls and women through programs on and off the pitch reflects our own goals at MLSE, and the importance of reaching more of our fans in different and exciting ways becomes an integral part of ours be collaboration.”
BMO’s investment in the KickStart program enables the foundation to provide equal access and opportunity for youth, and for the first time, a portion of BMO’s TFC Kickstart program will be designed and delivered specifically for self-proclaimed girls and will empower female leaders in the Sport to ensure a strong generation of women in football for years to come.
This season, KickStart provided valuable learning experiences to over 180 youth across seven locations, and in partnership with BMO, the MLSE Foundation intends to expand its reach even further over the next three years. Participants will also get the opportunity to take part in special events, including KickStart Girls Day: Presented by BMO on the MLSE LaunchPad, focuses on self-esteem and skill development and celebrating girls through sport.
Toronto FC’s next game is tonight at BMO Field as they meet CF Montreal in the semi-finals of the 2022 Canadian Championship.
SOURCE BMO Financial Group
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