The Charleston Blockade Rugby Football Club (RFC) is South Carolina's first and only all-inclusive GLBT sports team. Our mission is to actively work to end the stigma of homosexuality in sports. We welcome all players to join our all-inclusive team regardless of their sexual orientation, skill level, race, or religion.
Starting in 2002, a biennial international, non-professional, gay rugby union tournament is held called the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament or the Bingham Cup, in honor of Mark Bingham, who died while fighting the hijackers on board United Airlines Flight 93, when it crashed in Pennsylvania during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The Charleston Blockade was formed in 2012 by Frankie Brown. Since its inception, we have had the honor in competing at the 2014 Bingham Cup in Sydney, Australia, and the 2016 Bingham Cup in Nashville, Tennessee. From June 6th through June 10th of 2018, the Bingham Cup will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and we are trying to bring our entire team there to compete at the international level.
Through Go Play Sports Tours, each player wishing to attend the 2018 Bingham Cup in Amsterdam can do so for approximately $1900 USD per player. This price includes round-trip airfare from the US, lodging for four (4) days and five (5) nights, meals, and all fees associated with the Bingham Cup.
This will be the first time our club will be able to bring an entire team to a Bingham Cup outside of the United States (only seven (7) of us went to Sydney, Australia).
We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help make this trip possible.
All donations received will be directly applied to the cost of airfare, lodging, meals and fees for our players.
The Charleston Blockade Ruby Football Club is a Registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.