Chandler Tinsman, 15, Archbold, needed a project for an Eagle Scout badge.
He discovered the Archbold Park Board soccer program needed a kicking wall, which is used by soccer players to develop skills.
After some research, Tinsman decided, “This was something we didn’t have, and it isn’t going to happen unless I do it.”
Tinsman started designing the wall on a computer in early August.
He had a couple of people at Lugbill Supply Center and Bob Seaman, village engineer, look at the design.
“They gave me some ideas,” he said.
He debated between wood or concrete block, and decided on block.
He got approval from the park board and the Boy Scout organization. The park board promised $500 toward the project.
They also suggested changes in the artwork on the wall.
Tinsman decided on putting “Archbold Blue Streaks” on one side, and a big “A” on the other.
To fund the project, he and his family sold soft drinks at the Archbold Chili Cook-Off and received other donations. He sold soccer T-shirts for $12, and received over $1,000 in donations from letters he mailed to citizens.
The Archbold Area Foundation agreed to provide up to $750, and the Archbold High School Art Club donated the artwork.
Other donations from companies included the block, reinforcing bar, and use of equipment; another provided concrete at a discount.
A mason and assistant, along with volunteers, built the wall.
The wall was finished Thursday, Nov. 6, when Tinsman kicked the first “official” ball at the wall.
The finished project is 24 feet long, eight feet tall, and one foot thick. It’s located in Woodland Park, east of the Kiddie Korral.
The final cost was $2,864.67. While park board had committed up to $500, none of their money was used.
The whole time he was working on the project, “I was trying to do it as perfect as I could,” he said, so he could set an example for other Eagle projects.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, Tinsman must pass a board of review.
The ironic part of the story is that Tinsman isn’t even in the Archbold soccer program.
“My brother (Bryce, 14) and a lot of his friends are in the soccer program,” he said.
“I thought I would help out.”