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A neighborhood semi-pro soccer staff, Midwest Venom helps gamers rating on and off the sphere


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A local semi-professional soccer team full of unique characters hopes to score points on and off the pitch.

President Anthony Hazelwood founded Midwest Venom, a Topeka semi-professional football team that is more than just the game, last July.

“This organization is the first to focus on family. We come together to play a sport that everyone loves,” said Hazelwood. “Regardless of whether you are white, black, yellow, purple or green, we will still consider you family, as long as you support us, we will support you in any way we can.”

“It gives them an opportunity to meet with a community and group of people who are passionate about football. They come here every weekend and practice hard and come at times when we play hard,” added Hazelwood.

Athletes start at the age of 18 and all come from different regions of the state.

“I have people from Kansas City, Missouri, Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, and Wichita,” said Hazelwood. “I have people who are in school, I have people who work 9-5, 8-5, or whatever their schedule is on a regular basis. We’re a team of 11 now so there are more players. “

Some athletes say the team offers something that you cannot find anywhere else.

Freddy Mitchell, the recipient of Midwest Venom, emphasized one thing: “This team is about not trying to kill each other. I’ve played in other teams where every day, every practice session to play, we are not paid to play. “

“There is no reason to go injured here. What makes it different is that people who really love the game for the game itself don’t love it because it’s the best team in the league, ”added Mitchell.

“I’ve been an athlete my whole life so I put the cleats down so hard,” said Justin Self, the Midwest Venom quarterback.

“To have this semi-pro we can still come out and play the game you love and have the opportunity to play against the same kind of people from different places is cool. Family is most important, regardless of whether it is an off-field filter, family always comes first, ”emphasized Self.

The Midwest Venom hopes not only to score touchdowns, but also to improve the community.

Athletes volunteer in their community for over 500 hours.

“It gives someone an outlet, it gives us something else to do,” said Self.

“If you’ve been in a bad place in your life, this is a great place to get structure, to find the discipline you need to keep going,” agreed Mitchell. “Community service is always good. I think it would be great if you showed support in Topeka and then showed Topeka that there was the same respect in return.”

The first game will be on April 17th in Wichita and the first home game will be on April 24th at 5pm at 3909 SW Burlingame Road.

On May 15th, Midwest Venom has a special game that fights gun violence in the community.

You can find more information about Midwest Venom here.

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