Jeffrey Hazuga’s desire to help kids led him to open his new non-profit, Menomonie Training Center. The non-profit’s goal is to provide sport-specific training and a safe place for kids to learn, build confidence, and have fun.
The center, open to kids age 10 and up, is a place where they can train with Hazuga in several different sports, including football, boxing, volleyball, baseball, and softball. There is no membership fee to use the center, and while a donation is appreciated, payment is not required. Hazuga believes all kids should have a place where they can build their skills while getting the encouragement they need to succeed.
“It’s very fulfilling for me to work with these kids. I want them to have someone who believes in them,” Hazuga explained. “Sometimes, all these kids need is a confidence boost.”
Having played football at UW Stout and for the Minnesota Vikings in 2001, Hazuga knows about succeeding in sports. For close to 20 years, he has also had a successful career in real estate.
“I’ve worked hard and was successful in football and more recently in real estate,” Hazuga said. “I want to give something back by sharing my experience and knowledge with these kids. I want to be a role model and mentor to them.”
The training center, located west of Menomonie at E3524 US Hwy 12, opened in January 2021 with the help of a grant from the Minnesota Vikings. However, Hazuga has provided most of the funding for the center himself. Donations to the non-profit can be made on the Menomonie Training Center Facebook page.
The center is available to rent by the hour by teams, clubs, churches, families, or any other group. The rate is $40 per hour to use the entire gym. Hazuga is available for team training if sports groups rent the center.
The training center is generally open Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm; however, it is best to call and make an appointment. Hazuga can be reached at 612-600-5200. More information can be found on the Menomonie Training Center Facebook page.