Lynx Release (w. score btw)
by David Bailey
TORONTO LYNX MEDIA BRIEF
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LYNX HELP RAISE $30,000 FOR AMERICAN RED CROSS AND WIN HEARTS OF AMERICANS!
October 2, 2001 – Toronto, ON - The Toronto Lynx office has been flooded with e-mails and calls from our American neighbours thanking the club for their selfless action in donating their time to help support relief efforts. The Lynx players finished their season on September 7 and had already cleaned out their lockers for the year when the club banded together and answered the call of duty to raise money for those stricken by the terrorist attacks on September 11. The players interrupted their off-seasons and traveled to Rochester on Friday, September 21 to take on the Raging Rhinos in their "Old Glory Game". With only one practice under their belts in the previous two weeks, the Lynx were little match for the Rhinos who were busy preparing for the playoffs and the defense of their A-League championship. Toronto lost 7-0 but helped to raise over $30,000 US for the families of the victims. Nicole Hartrell, the Club’s Chief Operating Officer was brought to tears when some fans actually e-mailed Mayor Lastman praising the Lynx!
THE LYNX HONOUR THEIR FINEST PLAYERS OF THE 2001 SEASON
The Toronto Lynx celebrated their finest talent during their annual Player Awards Celebrations on September 7. Perennial fan-favourite Brian Ashton claimed the Public Relations Award for his tireless work in the Lynx community outreach programs and in particular, the School program providing soccer presentations/clinics. David Di Placido walked away with the Fan Favourite Award as selected by the fans and presented by the Toronto Ultras, the Lynx’ grassroots fan club. Defensive star Mauricio Vincello was selected Defensive Player of the Year and striker Juan Arango was named Offensive Player of the Year. Rookie player and midfielder, Robbie Aristodemo capped off a stellar season with his hometown club and was recognized as the team MVP by members of the media.
2002 SPONSORSHIP DRIVE
The 2002 sponsorship drive is in full swing under the directorship of Mike LeBlanc who has recently been promoted to head up the Sales and Marketing department after 3 years of driving the Toronto Lynx community outreach programs in Community Affairs. More and more businesses are showing interest in supporting the Toronto Lynx’ mission of developing and showcasing Canadian Soccer talent and reaching the mushrooming soccer communities in the GTA. "We’ve never had this many corporate partnerships in place, this early in our sponsorship drive", says Hartrell," Things are really looking good for next season."
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