AJ is from a small town in Massachusetts called Marion where he grew up breathing basketball. He has been in the lead role of summer basketball camps with hopes to one day play professionally. When the realization set in that he would not make it to the NBA, he shifted his focus towards a career in business. He was always captivated with coaching young players on competitive teams, and his greatest sense of pride comes from seeing them triumph to a win. With this love for the game he currently attends Babson College where he is pursuing a career in Human Resources with a goal of positively influencing the culture of an organization that values its employees and their development. He hopes to apply his human resources knowledge, as well as his basketball expertise, to his internship at Shooting Touch.
Thomas Schiavone is currently a senior at Wheaton College majoring in Business & Management with a concentration in globalization and development. Thomas also minors in French Studies with high hopes to live in France one day. With an expected graduation date in May of 2017 Thomas joins the Shooting Touch Family as our Marketing and Communications Intern. Through his course load, which has heavily entailed consulting nearby organizations, he has amassed an interest in collaborating with individuals as means to improve overall corporate performance. In addition to amassing business-related knowledge and experience, he has high hopes to provide Shooting Touch with more insight on how to effectively communicate with potential sponsors, donors and target audiences. In his free time, Thomas enjoys trying new recipes with his family, swimming and enjoying the warmth of summer.
My name is Alessandra Spisso I was born and raised in Valencia, Venezuela. However, my upbringing was Venezuelan and Italian mixture due to the origins of my parents. Therefore, since I was very little, I learned to speak both Spanish and Italian. At the age of 15 I had to move to Boston, Massachusetts all by myself. In a short period of time I had to learn the English Language and at the same time re-started my high school career. After high school graduation I started my college career and now at 22 years of age I am currently studying at Suffolk University pursuing a Bachelors degree in International Relations with a minor in Fine Arts. Having the opportunity to live in the U.S., to study abroad in London last fall 2015, and to travel the world, I find it fascinating learning about new cultures. I also enjoy being able to meet new people and listening to their story. I believe that experiencing culture shock can have such a big positive impact. Having this personal experience, it has helped me shape my personality significantly by not only surviving during periods of loneliness but also by teaching me to trust myself and to develop a thicker skin. It has helped me to expand my social circle all around the world. And most important, it has taught me the valuable lesson that, despite our differences, we are all similar and interconnected.
I am Alexis Zajac and I am a senior at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. My major is Graphic Design/Digital Media with a concentration in Web Technologies. I will be graduating in the summer of 2016 after I complete an internship at Shooting Touch in Norwood, Massachusetts. I am from a small town in Massachusetts and first became interested in Graphic and Web Design in High School. I want to create designs that empower and make organizations well known. After creating a design that helps someone or something, I feel very accomplished. The career path I wish to take is a visual designer so I can design for print and web. My favorite aspect of design is web because it brings a design to life. I want to continue growing with the industry and always be learning new things. As you can see from my portfolio, my design style is detailed oriented but I am willing to try new design aspects and try to make each of my designs unique.
Sheila Riley is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a bachelors of science in sports management with a minor in psychology. Sheila is a native of Sharon Massachusetts. She has been a lifeguard at the local YMCA for 5+ years. She joined the Shooting Touch Team in June of 2016 as a marketing intern. While at UMass, Sheila interned with the town of Amherst Sports and Recreation Department (LSSE) and Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors. Additionally, she has lived in Dublin, Ireland working as a marketing intern and receptionist for the Irish Amateur Boxing Association.
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Tori grew up outside Chicago but then headed south to Texas Christian University where she studied Psychology and played club soccer. Tori moved to Boston after school and received her Masters in Sport Psychology from Boston University. Tori played soccer, softball and field hockey growing up but now enjoys participating in all sports! She has worked with sport and children in a variety of positions as a coach and counselor. In her free time, you can find Tori hanging out with her family, friends and her dog, Darby. Tori also loves being outdoors, meeting new people and going on adventures. She is very excited to be apart of the Shooting Touch team this summer and continue to play, learn and have fun!
My name is Jaime Grant and I have concentrated in Graphic Design at my University. Working in the Marketing and Communications department at Shooting Touch will allow me to reach my ultimate goal, changing the world while using my skills. As a graphic designer I hope to not just make intriguing pieces of work but to use my work as a way of communicating to the masses. I hope to inform the world about the power of Shooting Touch and the mission that is established. I believe that Shooting Touch is a phenomenal program and with my skills and passion for changing lives this organization will be fulfilled this summer at Shooting Touch. Not to undermine, I cannot keep myself away from playing basketball and since I cannot play at a professional level I am eager to have the opportunity to work with a non-profit organization that use this sport as an empowering tool to educate and inspire young people around the world. I have played basketball throughout my life, did not play in college (hard sacrifice) so that I would be able to be a Resident Assistant (RA) and focus on my blessing in communicating through art, both on paper and the computer. Now I can finally get the opportunity to display my work and hope for my sacrifices to continue to be rewarding
Jason is joining Shooting Touch in the summer of 2016 as a Marketing and Communications intern. He is going to be a senior in the fall as a sport management major in the Isenberg School of Management. In the summer of 2015 Jason was a Community Engagement Intern with the Boston 2024 Olympic Organizing committee. He also has worked as a sales associate at the national retail chain, Finish Line, as well as a lot of work with youth programs and athletics in his hometown of Andover, Massachusetts. Basketball has been a passion of Jason's all his life and he continues to play intramurals at school today. He was drawn to Shooting Touch by a personal connection, as an AAU basketball player in high school he had teammates who came to the US from Africa as young children and saw the difference basketball made in their lives, he is extremely excited to work with our team this summer.
My name is Katelyn Turner and I am a senior at the University of Massachusetts Boston. I am majoring in Management with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change. I will be graduating in May of 2017. I am from Stoughton Massachusetts, which is about twenty minutes south of Boston. I have been working at Stop and Shop for four years as an assistant front-end manager and cash office clerk. Working there sparked my interest in pursuing a degree in management. I grew up playing basketball, softball and field hockey and have seen the impact playing a sport has on a person, which is part of the reason why I was attracted to Shooting Touch. After I graduate in May, I hope to find a job that can get my foot in the door in the Human Resources department of a company.
Kepler University Interns
I am Fabiola Niwenshuti, I was born and raised in Kigali, Rwanda. I am currently a third year pharmacy student at the University of Rwanda-College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS). Seeing the health standard of everyone improved is what I value the most; I enjoy investing my energy, knowledge and time in what can improve the health domain. The reason I am working for Shooting Touch as a health research intern is because I love to give back to the community and invest my time into the youth. During my free time, I like to read, chat with friends, and watch movies. I admire Jeanette Kagame, Rwanda's First Lady. I am a fruit of the effort she puts into female improvement, and I am looking forward to being a source of inspiration not only to girls but to people around me.
My name is Francois Hitimana and I was born in Gisagara District, Southern Province, Rwanda. I have completed one year at Kepler University, intending to get a "Bachelors of Communications with Business Focus." I am passionate about marketing and the media. I actually have no single role model, however I admire many people due to different reasons, one of them being Stella Bonard Ibango.He is someone I go to school with and is a good designer and artist; he is creative and thoughtful. During my free time I often enjoy editing images or videos or hanging out with friends. I am interning with Shooting Touch because I like what they are doing, and I see it as an opportunity to get work experience that will help me to pursue my dream of becoming a professional in the marketing business.
My name is Beatrice Tuyishimire; I was born in Shyorongi Sector, Rulindo District which is in Northern Province. I am currently a student at Kepler University where I have already gotten my Associates Degree in Art from Southern New Hampshire University. I am currently working on my Bachelors Degree in Communication with a concentration in Business. I am passionate about talking to new people, especially young people, sharing experience and learning something new from them. My role model is Mahatma Gandhi. He is my role model because of this quote: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." This quote inspires me. When I am free, I like to play music and dance.I also like to play sports, either playing basketball with my friends or running. I am a Leadership and Girls Initiative Intern for Shooting Touch. I am interning with this NGO because I enjoy working with youth and helping them gain the knowledge they will need to become leaders.I will also gain experience in delivering information to my audience effectively by keeping in mind my target audience ages.