In Boston, Shooting Touch has established a year-round presence through programs that provide youth with opportunities for development, both on and off the court.
Internationally, The Shooting Touch Sabbatical Program, known as the "Basketball Peace Corps" provides the opportunity for gifted college graduates to work in Rwanda for one year. There, they provide places to play by constructing courts, and train local coaches and youths in both basketball and our off-court curriculum of gender equality, health and fitness, disease prevention (HIV/AIDS, malaria, hand washing), the importance of education, and leadership skills.
In mid-March, Priscilla and I embarked on what would be our second and final major construction project this year in Nyamirama, which is in between Rwinkwavu and Kayonza. This will be the first basketball court this sector has ever had! We again worked with Emmy, the contractor that built the courts in Rwinkwavu and Kayonza as he is a very honest and open with his pricing and does a quality job. In just over two weeks, he and his crew were able to turn an open field of grass and dirt into a brand new court! We were able to acquire the land from the Director of the Nyamirama Health Center for basically free, which was a massive help to our budget. In exchange for his land, all Jacques asked for in return is that we make a few wooden benches and a latrine for the area around the court. The land is in an excellent location for Shooting Touch as it is on the land of a health center, next to a massive orphanage, across the street from a Red Cross, and surrounded by eight primary and seconda