In 2007, Kabelo “KB” Mashinini, Thabiso “Boyzzz” Khumalo and Thabang “Cosmos” Matsoko founded the Umhlaba Vision Foundation (UVF), a nonprofit organization providing South African youth alternative educational experiences through the sport of soccer. Hailing from the Meadowlands section of Soweto, Mashinini, Khumalo and Matsoko have impacted their community and country significantly over the last decade.
Providing life transforming opportunities to participants of their soccer camps, clinics, competitions and programming, the trio with the addition of longtime friend and coach, Jacob “Sbu” Mokgotlhoane, have identified several talented student-athletes over the years.
Placing many South African student-athletes with host families that provide support as they attend high schools and universities in various countries including the United States, UVF contributes to students furthering their academic careers.
“What we’re doing is bringing talented student-athletes here to go to school and then when they do good in soccer and in school, they get two opportunities,” said Khumalo, a Coastal Carolina alum who played with Major League Soccer’s DC United.
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