Pulling together makes tough times easier. Small business owners and essential workers across America have been showing us what that looks like every day. To say thank you and lighten their load a little, we’ve put together a plan.

We’ve always worked to support small businesses in our communities. These days, in addition to the big things we do, we’re also looking for small ways to help. We hope that these small things ease the stress small businesses and individuals are feeling, and maybe even inspire others to help where they can along the way. To do this, we’ve teamed up with sports figures from some of the communities where we live and work. Here’s what we’re doing, and it all starts Monday, April 13:

  • Supporting more than 60 local restaurants that have been impacted by the crisis
  • Providing the sports figures from each community funding to donate to the local charity of their choice
  • Surprising more than 2,600 people picking up takeout with $50 gift cards to that restaurant
  • Thanking more than 50 different essential businesses and first responder sites with up to $1,000 restaurant gift cards to treat their employees

Follow #KeyBankAssists

To follow the action and stay in touch with what we’re doing, search #KeyBankAssists on social media.

And, make sure you check in with the players and mascots who are helping us out:


Hartford Yard Goats


Portland Seadogs

Connor Sheary

Pittsburgh Penguins

Brian Dumoulin

Pittsburgh Penguins

Larry Nance, Jr.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Malcolm Brogdon

Indiana Pacers

Marty Biron

Buffalo Sabres

Bill Tuiloma

Portland Timbers

Larrys Mabiala

Portland Timbers

Kyle Lewis

Seattle Mariners

Gabriel Landeskog

Denver Avalanche

Joe Ingles

Utah Jazz