Merchants Bank’s Money Ball will return in 2018 for four varsity basketball games, according to Gary Johnson of Merchants Bank in Red Wing.
“It’s great fun for the students taking part and for the fans cheering them on,” said Johnson, who is coordinating Money Ball. “We’re also pleased to be able to provide funds to the Red Wing booster club as it supports athletics here in Red Wing.”
This is the third year for Money Ball in Red Wing. Last year students received a total of $215 during Money Ball. Merchants also gave $500 to the Red Wing Booster Club.
Students sign up before halftime of the game, when two contestants are chosen, one from 1st-5th grade and another from 6th-12th grade. Each contestant has a minute to make shots. The 1st-5th grader wins $5 for a made lay-up, $10 for a 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, the home games are:
- Jan. 26 Rochester Century
- Feb. 16 Owatonna
- Feb. 2 Mankato East
- Feb. 23 Rochester Mayo
Merchants Bank has 21 locations, including Minnesota locations in Red Wing, Cannon Falls, 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 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.