Select players, those showcasing a unique skill level within their given age and gender demographics, have the chance to compete for three months (May-July) in a highly competitive basketball league. This league allows for players to have isolated team practices and skill trainings, followed by travel (game-play) on weekends. The league is comprised of elite players across all four villages, totalling 20 teams:
Four U13 mixed gender teams
Four U16 girls and boys teams
Four U18 girls and boys teams
Give elite players a chance to showcase their skills
Improved social skills amongst participants
Increased access to competition
While ST’s mission focuses on using basketball as a tool for better health and empowerment, there are opportunities for our elite players to use their skill to continue playing at higher levels. Thus far, we have had 4 players selected for the Under 16 National team, and 8 players receiving athletic scholarships for secondary school through the Jr.NBA programming.
The Jr. NBA held the Jr. NBA Rwanda Championships today in Kigali and our very own Hope, from Shooting Touch, dominated and got herself the MVP award of the tournament. Our focus is health education/intervention but we love when our kids can show out on the court as well. Congrats Hope!