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Program Description:

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

Program Goals:

  1. Give elite players a chance to showcase their skills

  2. Improved social skills amongst participants

  3. Increased access to competition

Program Outcomes:

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.

Shooting Touch’s Thierry Nkundwa,  top five player in FIBA Africa U16 Championship and participant of Basketball Without Borders in Johannesburg, South Africa

Shooting Touch’s Thierry Nkundwa, top five player in FIBA Africa U16 Championship and participant of Basketball Without Borders in Johannesburg, South Africa

It means a lot to be on all-star, because on the weekend I’m getting exercise for my body and I’m having so much fun. I don’t have to pay transport or anything. I get to meet different people from Kayonza, Nyamirama and Rwinkavu and we become friends that way — by playing and talking together. I’m quickly adding to my talent too, but I had to work very hard to do so. All-Star is helping me as a person and as a player. I’m communicating and working with others and that’s making me a better person and my teammates a better team.
— Samuel Waimaga, 18 years old, ST player
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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!