Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Soccer and MoreSports present MoreSports 2007 World Mini Soccer Jamboree for East Vancouver kids



    VANCOUVER, June 22 /CNW/ - Media representatives are invited to attend
MoreSports 2007 World Mini Soccer Jam, which includes a community festival, in
Vancouver. MoreSports programs reduce barriers for kids who don't usually play
sports because of cost, gender, cultural issues, transportation, or fear of
the competitiveness in some organized sports. More than 1500 kids from mini
soccer programs across East Vancouver will attend along with parents,
volunteers, partners and sponsors who will bring the total attendance to
between 3000 and 3500 people. Photographers are guaranteed lots of action to
shoot and interview opportunities with MoreSports families are available.

    
    DATE:     Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

    TIMES:
              -  Event: 9:30am to 5pm
              -  Photo-Op with Whitecaps, Vancouver Clr. Suzanne Anton and
                 Vancouver Parks Board Chair Ian Robertson at 12:30pm
              -  Photo-Op with Canadian National Women's Soccer Team and the
                 Honourable Gordon Hogg, Minister of State for ActNow BC, at
                 1pm

    PLACE:    Empire Bowl Fields
              Corner of Cassiar and Hastings in East Vancouver


    Backgrounder

    MoreSports: "Giving All Kids a Chance to Play"

    -   MoreSports programs involve children from kindergarten to Grade Seven

    -   MoreSports began as a collaborative initiative of three Vancouver
        inner city neighbourhoods in 1999. It provides sustainable sport and
        physical activity opportunities for children, particularly those who
        typically do not participate in sports.

    -   Today, more than 1,500 kids regularly participate in sports and
        physical activity programs, such as soccer and basketball, and the
        program has grown to six hubs encompassing 16 Vancouver
        neighbourhoods, primarily on the East Side.

    -   MoreSports Co-presents the Jam with the Vancouver Whitecaps and BC
        Soccer. They, with multiple sponsors, partners, parents and
        volunteers, sustain the programs. These cooperative efforts make
        MoreSports annual soccer jam a true community festival and
        celebration of soccer in Vancouver.

                 -  KidSports
                 -  Sport BC
                 -  Bank of Montreal
                 -  BC Hydro
                 -  HUB International
                 -  Rogers Communications
                 -  The BC and Yukon Gizeh Shriners
                 -  2010 Legacies Now
                 -  Vancouver Community Centres & Neighbourhood Houses:
                    -  Ray-Cam, Strathcona, Britannia, Hastings, Killarney,
                       Champlain, Kensington, Thunderbird, False Creek, Round
                       House, West End, Coal Harbour, Trout Lake.
                 -  Vancouver Fire Department
                 -  Vancouver Parks Board
                 -  Vancouver Police Department
                 -  Vancouver School Board

    -   The kids will play soccer and enjoy a carnival that includes food and
        drinks, games, prizes, soccer skills challenges, a bouncy castle,
        Vancouver Police Training Jr. Obstacle Course and face painting. They
        can get autographs and photographs with Vancouver Whitecaps and
        Canadian National Women's Team players, photos on a Vancouver Fire
        Department truck, and with a Vancouver Police dog.
    





For further information:

For further information: MoreSports(TM), Coordinator, Dick Woldring,
(604) 803-8815, dick_woldring@telus.net, www.moresports.org

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