The L’Étoile Du Nord (Star of the North) program recognizes community members who embody the core values of the club. MNUFC is resilient, inclusive and dedicated and values passion, teamwork and respect and through this program hopes to highlight people making a difference behind those values at halftime of every home match.
Past Award Recipients
Esera Tuaolo is a former NFL player, national recording artist and advocate for a number of causes and was named Minnesota United’s first L’Etoile Du Nord honoree at halftime of its first home match of the 2018 MLS season. He is a spokesperson for Firefighters for Healing and founded the Hate is Wrong Foundation, which fosters diversity in sports and anti-bullying among youth.
– Esera Tualo, March 17, 2018
Will Pace is a staff sergeant of the Bravo Company, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion and has been a member of the Minnesota National Guard since 2001, joining immediately after the September 11th attack. In his 17 years of service, he has been called to state active duty on a number of occasions to fight fires and floods and in 2017 he was called to duty in support of Hurricane Harvey. Pace and a crew of 12 other Minnesotans flew two CH-47 Chinooks from Minnesota to the Houston area, bringing technical and medical supplies to Texas. The Minnesota Chinook crews worked hard delivering food and water to areas in need and Pace played a tremendous role in that effort.
– Will Pace, April 28, 2018
Edwin Adricula was handed the L’Etoile du Nord pennant for his hard work with the United Heroes League. Adricula holds the title of Vice President of Operations, where he and his team make it possible for military children to access free equipment for camps and special events, plus financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with sports. Adricula has served in the National Guard for 24 years and currently resides in Hastings.
–Edwin Adricula, August 4, 2018