Since partnering with Minnesota United in 2017, Bell Bank has supported the Man of the Match award for every Loons game in the spirit of their Pay It Forward initiative. Starting in the 80th minute of each game, fans can place their vote for Man of the Match through Twitter, with the winner earning a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice.

Below are the charities that our players have partnered with this year. Some have selected national organizations, to which we donate to local chapters to best help the Twin Cities.


Animal Humane Society

Animal Humane Society

The AHS provides direct care and services to animals in need across the state. Through medical and behavioral programs, they seek to advance animal welfare and create a more humane world for animals everywhere.

Players representing AHS:

  • Robin Lod
  • Franco Fragapane
  • Joseph Rosales
  • Jan Gregus
Athletes Committed to Educating Students

Athletes Committed to Educating Students

Since 1994, ACES has been committed to reducing the academic opportunity gap in Minnesota and improving the likelihood of success for students in under-resourced communities. 

Players representing ACES:

  • Michael Boxall
  • Hassani Dotson
  • Wil Trapp
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities

BBBS helps children realize their full potential and build better futures through their mentoring network. By developing positive relationships, they hope to leave direct and lasting effects on the lives of young people.

Players representing BBBS:

  • Dayne St. Clair
  • Bakaye Dibassy
  • Doneil Henry
Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities

Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities

Boys and Girls Club of America is a national organization that provides after-school programs for youth. They aim to promote and enhance the development of children by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence.

Players representing Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities:

  • Luis Amarilla
  • Ryen Jiba
  • Mikael Marques
Children’s Cancer Research Fund

Children’s Cancer Research Fund

CCRF is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood cancer. They support scientists and families across the nation in their pursuit of a healthier tomorrow for children fighting cancer.

Players representing CCRF:

  • Kervin Arriaga
  • Ménder García
  • Teemu Pukki
  • Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
  • Ethan Bristow
Keystone Community Services

Keystone Community Services

For more than 80 years, Keystone has improved the quality of life in Ramsey County through senior care, enrichment for children, helping to cover basic needs and assisting in times of crisis.

Player representing Keystone:

  • Bongokuhle Hlongwane
  • Emanuel Reynoso
  • Sang Bin Jeong
Minnesota Education Equity Partnership

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership

MnEEP transforms systems, structures, and public narratives to advance race equity and excellence in education. They envision a racially just society where every student can achieve their full potential.

Player representing MnEEP:

  • Patrick Weah
Mississippi Park Connection

Mississippi Park Connection

Mississippi Park Connection provides people in the Twin Cities the chance to experience a national park experience on the river, strengthening the enduring connection between people and nature. 

Players representing Mississippi Park Connection:

  • Fred Emmings
  • Eric Dick
National Alliance of Mental Illness

National Alliance of Mental Illness

NAMI Minnesota is dedicated to improving the lives of millions of Americans affected by mental illness through education, support, advocacy, listening and leading those in need. 

Players representing NAMI:

  • Devin Padelford
  • Tani Oluwaseyi
The Sanneh Foundation

The Sanneh Foundation

Sanneh’s three pillars are to empower youth, improve lives, and unite communities. They seek to meet these pillars through various educational and health programs, as well as the advancement of diversity, equity, and community well-being. 

Players representing Sanneh:

  • Brent Kallman
  • DJ Taylor
  • Zarek Valentin
Special Olympics Minnesota

Special Olympics Minnesota

SOMN have been working to create a world of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities for the last 50 years. Through year-round training, competition and several other programs, they are making Minnesota a more inclusive place every day. 

Players representing SOMN:

  • Clint Irwin
  • Kemar Lawrence
Voices for Racial Justice

Voices for Racial Justice

VRJ strives to use collective cultural and healing strategies to promote racial justice across the state of Minnesota. They hope to create a world free of racism that honors the culture, knowledge, power, and healing of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color.

Players representing VRJ:

  • Cameron Dunbar
  • Emmanuel Iwe
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