After a successful first year in Cannon Falls, Merchants Bank is expanding Money Ball to include Randolph for the 2017-2018 basketball season, according to Jenny Holz of Merchants Bank in Cannon Falls.
“It was popular in Cannon Falls with the students and the school, so we thought we would offer it in Randolph as well,” said Holz, who coordinates Money Ball.
Last year, Merchants gave away a total of $500 to students and $500 to the school to be split evenly between the boy’s and girl’s basketball programs.
To be eligible, students sign up before halftime of the varsity game. Two contestants are then chosen randomly, one from 1st-5th grade and another from 6th-12th grade. Each contestant has a minute to make baskets. The 1st-5th grader wins $5 for a made lay-up, $10 for made free throw, and then if both shots have been made, the student has one chance to win $25 for a made 3-pointer. If a 3-pointer isn’t made, the money rolls over to the next game. The 6th-12th grader wins $10 for a made free throw, $25 for a 3-pointer, and if both shots have been made, the student has one chance to win $100 for a half-court shot. If the half-courter isn’t made, the money rolls over to the next game.
This year’s games will be:
- Nov. 30 Randolph Girls vs. Kenyon/Wanamingo
- Jan. 8 Randolph Boys vs. Cleveland
- Dec. 4 Cannon Falls Girls vs. Schaeffer Academy
- Feb. 15 Cannon Falls Boys vs. Dover
Merchants Bank has 21 locations, including Minnesota locations in Cannon Falls, Red Wing, Hampton, Winona, St. Charles, Goodview, Rochester, Caledonia, La Crescent, Spring Grove, Rushford, Lanesboro, and the southern Twin Cities metropolitan suburbs of Apple Valley, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Lakeville and Rosemount. Merchants has Wisconsin locations in Eau Claire and Onalaska. Merchants Bank was founded in 1875. All banks are FDIC members. Merchants Bank Equipment Finance, the company’s leasing arm, is based in the Twin Cities.
No customer relationship is necessary to enter or win. Merchants Bank employees and family members are not eligible to enter or win.