Humanitarian of the Year: Tosaint Ricketts

Tosaint Ricketts has been an exemplary team member on and off the pitch this season.

Ricketts was the club’s player ambassador for the It Takes A Village fundraising artwork campaign, honouring frontline heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and raising over $140K for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. As part of the initiative, Ricketts was also able to gift art pieces to British Columbia’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC Nurses Union president Christine Sorensen, and staff at BC Children’s Hospital.

Ricketts has also been a passionate advocate for social justice and anti-racism. He is active in the MLS Black Players for Change organization, and continues to support greater diversity and inclusion in our club and community. To commemorate Juneteenth this year, Ricketts and the team wore Unity jerseys with the word “freedom” in different languages, and the jerseys were auctioned to raise funds for Hogan’s Alley Society, a local non-profit whose mission is to preserve and promote the historical, cultural, societal and economic contributions made by Black residents in British Columbia.

The club’s community relations staff selected Ricketts as the 2020 Humanitarian of the Year.