FORMER COLLEGIATE HEAD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH LEAVES POSITION FOR NONPROFIT THAT SERVES AT-RISK YOUTH THROUGH BASKETBALL IN BOSTON

Boston, MA (April 29, 2019) - Shooting Touch is pleased to announce its recent hire of the former Colby College Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Brittany Gaetano, who will join the organization as the Boston Program Director. Within this role, Gaetano will be responsible for running all aspects of Shooting Touch’s domestic program, which is currently providing 175 girls ages 9-17 with opportunities to participate in supportive and female-friendly sport- for-development programming that provides health education, mentorship, empowerment, and academic support on- and off- the basketball court.

“When I discovered Shooting Touch, I was inspired by the positive impact it has had in changing lives and communities worldwide,” said Gaetano. “After meeting Lindsey and other team members, I immediately knew that this was where I needed to be. I am so grateful to be part of this amazing team and excited to be at a place where I can fully combine my passion for serving at-risk youth with my strong belief in the transformative power of sport."

Gaetano comes to Shooting Touch with twelve (12) years of collegiate coaching experience. Most recently, Gaetano worked as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Colby College in Waterville, ME. At Colby, she spent three years competing in the NESCAC, known as one of the top Division III basketball conferences in the country. Gaetano lead the team to the conference final four in her first season, followed by finishing two season just under .500. Prior to Colby, Gaetano was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Drew University and an assistant coach at Amherst College after being a four-year starter at St. Lawrence University.

“We feel extremely fortunate to welcome such a strong female leader who has accomplished so many milestones so early in her career to the Shooting Touch Team,” Lindsey Kittredge, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Shooting Touch, said. “The ability for the girls in our Boston program to not only learn basketball skills from a former collegiate player and head coach, but to also have a role model and mentor like Brittany, has the potential to be game changing for this program.”

Gaetano combines her knowledge of coaching basketball with her Masters in Secondary Education and Teaching, along with her passion to empower at-risk youth, to the growing organization. Shooting Touch is extremely excited to be adding her to the team and to see how Gaetano’s skillset can continue to grow and enhance their domestic program in Boston.

For more information regarding the hire of Brittany Gaetano, please contact Ashley Walenta at 860-334-2724, email atashley@shootingtouch.com or visit the Shooting Touch website at www.shootingtouch.com.

About Shooting Touch

Shooting Touch, Inc. is an international nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts whose mission is to use the power of sport to educate and empower young individuals around the world. In 2007, Shooting Touch was founded with the goal of taking advantage of that convening power to help improve the lives of those under-served individuals by using basketball to achieve two critical objectives: promote equal access to physical activity and wellness and to provide health monitoring and health educational services. Shooting Touch has two signature sport-for-development programs which includes their Boston program, which serves 175 girls ages 9-17, with opportunities to participate in supportive and female-friendly programming that provides on- and off-court health education, mentorship, empowerment and academic support. As well as their Rwanda program that serves over 1,000 youth ages 7-21 and 400+ women 21+, from 4 rural communities in the Republic of Rwanda’s Eastern Province. For more information visit www.shootingtouch.com.

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