When looking for a way to fund and construct new goalposts for the Mascoutah Little Indians youth football program, the organizing group got a solid extra point kick from Ameren.
“A few years ago we played at the park and last year we played at the Mascoutah middle school,” said Brian Rumler, a natural gas storage journeyman and union pipefitter who applied for a $600 grant for the project through his work with Ameren “It’s really nice to finally be able to play on our own field for once. It’s been done with a ton of donation and lot o of cooperation.”
Rumler said he and other Little Indians officials, including president Frank Stoltz, have worked hard the past six years to help get the project to fruition. The city of Mascoutah donated the land, a local farmer whose son was in the program graded the field and everyone helped with establishing the grass.
The field is located north of Mascoutah near the city water tower. Mascoutah has six youth football teams from 6-under through 9-under and also has a middle school team for players in grades 7-8. The Little Indians compete in the Tri-County Youth Football League, which includes the Little Devils and Little Knights in Belleville.
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The final addition were the goalposts and since Rumler was an experienced welder, the former Mater Dei defensive tackle and Little Indians 9-under coach got the ball rolling. His son is 9-year-old Little Indians player Jacob Rumler.
“I told them I’d be more than grateful to help them out,” said Rumler, who works in the Tilden natural gas storage field for Ameren. “That was kind of the last thing we needed to be able to play on the field. My son’s only only 9 and this is his fourth season playing, so it’s something that’s going to last for him and probably generations to come.”
Along with the grant, Rumler also got permission from Ameren Illinois to use a truck with a crane and other materials to aid in the goalpost project.
Along with volunteers that got the newly welded goalposts painted and ready for game use, the project was completed in 30 hours over Labor Day weekend. There was a grand opening and the field has been in use since then, now ready for field goals and extra points.
Rumler researched the goalpost project on the Internet and made sure they would be dual purpose to accommodate soccer goal nets as well.
He created his own blueprint design, got it approved by league officials, then the material was ordered. Rumler did the welding and by using an Ameren crane, the posts were raised and attached to base plates concreted in the ground.
“I’m sure this field and these goalposts are probably going to be here a lot longer than I will,” Rumler said.