"Shooting Touch’s Sabbatical Program is an outstanding way for students to use their passion for basketball and channel it into a ten
month mission of changing and impacting lives. It's the opportunity of a lifetime for these folks and an incredible program.
All students who are fortunate enough to win the grant,will undoubtedly return home a more mature, enriched and passionate person."
Coach Bob Hurley, St. Anthony's High School, NJ
The Shooting Touch Sabbatical Program, referred to as “The Basketball Peace Corps”, grants graduating college seniors the opportunity to travel the world and partake in a 10-month international work program using the platform of basketball to help foster education and influence positive social change in third world communities.
2012 Shooting Touch Sabbatical Program. Two grantees. One country. Big impact.
The journey began 10/1/12. 10 months in Rwanda, positively influencing African youth through basketball.
Year One – Tome Barros (2010 Grantee) Senegal, Brazil, Cape Verde
Refurbished (6) baskets, (2) full basketball courts, (2) half basketball courts and provided essential basketball equipment in Cape Verde.
Ran (3) basketball camps and taught off-court essential life skills on health promotion and disease prevention, leadership and nutrition in Senegal.
Held (2) basketball clinics in the “pavelas” of Rio teaching inner city Brazilian youth on the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of HIV/AIDs and violence prevention.
Trained Brazii’s CUFA staff members on leadership and educational exercises that were incorporated into CUFA’s basketball programs. CUFA is present in all 27 states in Brazil and runs projects in the areas of education, environment, culture and sports.
Set up (3) “safe sex” clinics and condom pick up spots throughout the cities to promote education and health promotion in Cape Verde and Brazil.
Coached, educated and mentored (2,360) youth in camps and clinics in three different countries
Year Two – Leah Westbrooks (2011 Grantee) South Africa, Zimbabwe
2 outdoor basketball courts built in Zimbabwe
Hosted youth clinics on harmful cultural practices and HIV/AIDS prevention
Established 6 high school basketball teams
Started (6)basketball clubs in Gulati, Zimbabwe
Provided scholarships for children to go back to school
Certified (4) local youth to work and coach basketball in the village
Provided (2) schools with basketball uniforms
Provided (12) schools with basketball equipment
Certified (35) school teachers in basketball coaching
Coached (4,100) African youth in basketball throughout the 10 months.
Year Three – Casey Stockton and Isaura Guzman (2012 Grantees) Rwanda - Today!
In three months, and counting....
(3) separate week long camps
(2) 3 day coaching clinics
(10) practices with established teams
(450) kids coached and (40) coaches trained in basketball coaching
Built full scale basketball court in Gikondo, Rwanda