From Left to right: Kabelo “KB” Mashinini, Thabiso “Boyzzz" Khumalo, Jacob "sbu" mokgotlhoane, ThabanG “Cosmos” Matsoko

In 1996, three young soccer players (age 16) traveled from Sweto, South Africa to Louisville, Kentucky for the Mastercard Sister City Tournament. What started as a once in a lifetime visit to the United States ended in the young men creating an opportunity to stay and earn an education. Soccer continued to open doors including college scholarships, professional contracts and the opportunity to better their lives.   

The founders now create similar opportunities for the youth in South Africa. The foundation hosts an annual U-17 boys tournament which allows them to spread their message of hope, education and possibly even find some players who can find opportunities to pursue their education in the United States.