HEART & HUSTLE: SCHEIDT EXEMPLIFIES BLOODS’ ETHOS

HEART & HUSTLE: SCHEIDT EXEMPLIFIES BLOODS’ ETHOS

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St. Petersburg’s Ken Scheidt in action in the MLF Championship Final, Saturday, September 29, 2018. PHOTO: KATE MATSON

Having just finished a 26-week season of head-to-head footy after transitioning to what amounts to a year-round schedule, it could be said that no footy club on the continent works harder than the St. Petersburg side.

But, there’s no ‘could’ about the Swans’ hardest-working member, Kenneth Scheidt.

The American footy veteran has appeared in nearly every weeknight kick around and every Saturday match or training three years’ running.

Returning this week after a very rare off-week, Scheidt anchored the defensive effort for the Swans in the Major League Footy 2018 Summer Premiership Championship Final, Saturday in St. Pete.

And, while the Bloods did not get the results they were looking for in a 120-114 loss to Starfish FC, Scheidt’s work in the backline likely prevented further damage on a day when offenses ran amok.

Often charged with tagging the opposition’s top forward, Scheidt’s dedication to improvement and scrappy, never-say-die style of play has become the de facto blueprint for Swans’ defenders.

Having earned the nickname ‘Mole’ earlier in his footy career, Scheidt happily wears the mongrel identity for a Swans’ side that has continued to improve as footy takes hold in Florida.

Often tasked with organizing weeknight drill sessions, and having also become an accredited umpire, Scheidt selflessly gives his all to the Red and White.

That willingness to share his personal standard for self-improvement as well as a deep-rooted passion for footy makes his example one every St. Petersburg player and supported can identify with.

Prioritizing having fun while improving his own skills in the world’s greatest team sport, Scheidt is a leader-by-example who continues to stir the Swans’ on- and off-field success.

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