When Emmerich Manual High School’s Redskins look northward during practices, the football team sees a major improvement to the scoreboard signage.
The sign proclaiming the football facility as Ray Schultz Field has been upgraded thanks to the many friends of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame coach and Manual alumni, including Mark Bowell and Gordon Durnil.
The damaged sign used to read “manu” with no identification honoring Schultz, a Manual alumni and former Redskins player and coach.
Completed last week, the new signage came about after Schultz and Bowell deplored the condition of the old sign. Schultz’ son also launched a GoFundMe page, and Bowell went to work with a contractor to spearhead the project. Durnil also sought donations.
The end result already has been noticed by other fans as well. Scecina does not have a home football field and used Ray Schultz Field last week and Friday against Beech Grove and Sept. 20 against Roncalli. The Redskins play their first game in front of the new signage Sept. 27 in their homecoming game against Howe.
People Helping People Network, not-for-profit organization founded by Jeff Cardwell, is the fiscal entity for the “Manual Ray Schultz Field 2019” project.
Excessive funds will be used to upgrade the concession stand, press box and other facilities.