Rhino Cup Champions League
The Rhino Cup Champions League was established in 2018 to help eliminate the practice of rhino poaching by the young men of the community and surrounding communities. Young men are recruited by organized crime syndicates to risk their lives and freedom to kill rhinos. Rhino horns are illegally shipped to Asia for the rich elite to impress each other with exotic wild animal parts for decoration, gifts, consumption, and ancient medicinal beliefs.
The RCCL provides young men a healthy and positive activity and opportunity in a place where few exist.
In 2016, Wild and Free Foundation went to Sabie/Corumana, Mozambique to meet with community leaders about the rhino poaching challenge. The community had two main problems with rhino poaching - many young men in the community were being killed and arrested while attempting to poach rhinos, and the organized crime element that runs rhino poaching was corrupting the community with drugs, weapons, prostitution and crime.
Wild and Free Foundation asked, "How can we help?".
The community suggested we start an organized soccer league for young men to include 12 teams from nine surrounding communities. It was decided that a league committee would be formed, and a proper season played, and on April 14, 2018, we officially kicked-off the inaugural season of the Rhino Cup Champions League.