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MAC receives Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grant

Mascoutah, IL, August 11, 2016– The Mascoutah Athletic Commission today announced that it was recently awarded a $46,943 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The grant will support the renovations of youth baseball fields and the construction of a softball field in Scheve Park.
Portions of Scheve Park will undergo renovation beginning in the fall of 2016, with completion anticipated by the spring of 2017. The project will include the replacement of deteriorated fences and backstops on three baseball fields located and the construction of a field dedicated to girls’ softball. The renovated complex will provide a safe environment for youth baseball and softball participants and spectators, while also rejuvenating the look of Scheve Park. The BTF grant will provide funding for fencing and the construction of the softball field.
“Investing efforts to provide nicer facilities and opportunities for the youth in Mascoutah, will provide great returns for our community” said Nick Seibert, Mascoutah Athletic Commission President. “Participation in youth sports develops life skills such as teamwork, character, personal development, and dedication. The renovations to Scheve Park will allow for increased opportunity for the residents to enjoy a refreshed look and higher quality facilities for Mascoutah’s youth.”

Mark Beer, project manager and founder of the Mascoutah Athletic Commission added “I am excited about the fence renovation project and the addition of a girls’ softball field in Scheve Park. I believe this project will help increase participation of our youth in baseball and softball, increase the safety of players and spectators, and create a great atmosphere for our youth players. I want to thank the Baseball Tomorrow Fund for helping fund this project, and I look forward to seeing a lot of happy kids on opening day of the baseball and softball seasons next year.
”The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is proud to support the field renovations and construction in Scheve Park,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “On behalf of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, we thank the Mascoutah Athletic Commission and the City of Mascoutah for the efforts to expand opportunities for young baseball and softball players in the community by providing safe and quality playing fields.”

Other major supporters of the project include the Mascoutah Khoury League, Mascoutah Noon Lions Club, South Mascoutah Jaycees, Mascoutah Evening Lions Club, Mascoutah Township, Mascoutah Equipment Company Inc, Mascoutah Tuesday Woman’s Club, Wehmeyer Seed Company, Team Mascoutah Athletics, and the Mascoutah Softball League. The Mascoutah Athletic Commission is still accepting in-kind and monetary contributions for a new backstop for one field, DuraEdge® engineered infield soil mix for two infields, and lights for two fields.

MAC receives grant from Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation

Mascoutah, IL, (October 5, 2017)– The Mascoutah Athletic Commission (MAC) today announced that it was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation. The grant will support the renovations of youth baseball and softball fields in Mascoutah’s Scheve Park.
“What an exciting experience and opportunity it is to work with Baseball Hall of Famer, Whitey Herzog. Just the opportunity to meet with Mr. Herzog brought great value to our organization. To be considered a community and organization worth the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation’s efforts and funds to improve facilities and opportunities for the youth in Mascoutah is very humbling. This will provide great returns for our community.” said Nick Seibert, MAC President.

Kenny Kehrer, construction manager and Vice President of the MAC added “It gives kids around here a chance to believe that a small town like Mascoutah can possibly produce a Hall of Famer like Mr. Herzog. The fact that he is still giving back to the game after so many years pays tribute to the outstanding person he is.”
Kirk Reese, project leader and presenter of the proposal to Mr. Herzog, added “Meeting with Whitey Herzog was an awesome experience. Listening to a Hall of Fame baseball legend tell stories about his major league experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity, especially in such an intimate venue. Whitey Herzog and his wife, Mary Lou, are just down-to-earth people. It was like sitting around the table with someone you have known your entire life. The grant from the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation means so much to the city of Mascoutah and for the City’s youth sports. With this donation, we will be able to better improve youth sports at Scheve Park and provide a better experience for our youth. This is another step for the MAC and the City to provide more opportunity for these programs in Mascoutah. The MAC’s vision for Scheve Park cannot be realized without the generous support of all involved.”

Portions of Scheve Park will undergo renovation beginning in the Fall of 2017, with completion anticipated by the Spring of 2018. The project will include the replacement of deteriorated fencing and a backstop on Field 6, as well as revitalizing the playing surfaces on Fields 1 and 6. The renovated complex will provide a safer environment for youth baseball and softball participants and spectators, while also rejuvenating the look of Scheve Park.