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BHC: Basketball Health Corps

Program Description:

In 2012, Shooting Touch established our sport-for-development program in Rwanda.  We currently serve over 1000 youth and 300 women in seven rural communities. Rural areas have struggled to rebuild after the 1994 genocide, a major inhibitor is 67% of Rwandans are under the age of 25. The young population is hungry for knowledge and success, but limited access to opportunity inhibits their personal and professional development.  Gender equality is another pressing issue, so the inclusion of local women has been momentous to our growth and impact. Shooting Touch's vision is to reverse the cycle of poverty, disease and violence by transforming our basketball courts into classrooms. A venue where youth, women, and their communities can access essential health information, develop personal skills, and play basketball together.


The primary goal of the Basketball Health Corps is to put youth and women on track towards a brighter future by marrying the values and skills learned on the court with lessons and experiences that target improved health, citizenry, and employability.

How We Do This:

The BHC fulfills the mission of Shooting Touch to use basketball to educate and empower at-risk youth and the communities in which they live in three steps:

  1. Provide access to the game through courts, coaches, and equipment
  2. Change attitudes and behaviors through health-education curriculum
  3. Ensure access to adequate care though sponsoring healthcare coverage

Basketball Health Corps Fellowship

Each year the BHC is facilitated by a group of two Basketball Health Corps Fellows who are recently graduated scholar-athletes that desire to give back using the game they love. Fellows live and serve in Shooting Touch communities for 11 months where they construct courts, build teams and train coaches to run Rwanda’s first and only free youth league for girls and boys. Alongside their team of local coaches, BHC fellows deliver Shooting Touch’s custom designed on/off-court health-education curriculum, Turi Kumwe


Turi Kumwe Curriculum

Turi Kumwe Curriculum

Educate and Empower – Health Education and Health Care

Turi Kumwe - We Are Together Curriculum

Turi Kumwe signifies the bond and mutual responsibility players have with their teammates and coaches. The underlying premise behind the Turi Kumwe curriculum is that individuals, households, and communities have a tremendous incentive to improve their health. However, they often lack the information to protect themselves and capacities to access and demand adequate care. By mobilizing youth through sport and building a sense of trust, this cognitive behavioral change curriculum delivers a foundation of vital health knowledge, a set of vital personal and social skills, and a trajectory towards entrepreneurship and employability.

Turi Kumwe Results:

In the last 6 months participants saw an average increase of 25% in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene knowledge and behaviors and increased HIV/AIDS prevention knowledge and behaviors by 36%. 

Research and Development

BHC staff also trained a mobile research team of 12 out-of-school youth to implement BHC’s monitoring and evaluation strategy in order to capture our on and off court impacts and arm us with data for informed decision making.

Mutuelle de Sante Health Care Sponsorships

By partnering with district governments and local health care providers BHC was able to sponsor 722 individuals with a year of health care, kick starting their ability to stay healthy, stay in school, and transform the lessons they learn on the court into lifesaving decisions and actions.

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Sparking change from within the community, Shooting Touch staff and BHC fellows train local youth to deliver our programming through clinics and workshops that not only certify them as basketball coaches but also transform them into youth development practitioners. In 2015-2016 Shooting Touch trained 24 individuals in coaching, refereeing, curriculum implementation, and pre- and post-testing. 


Events in Rwanda

Events in Rwanda

2017 BHC Events


January 22nd: Gender Based Violence Tournament

Lisanne and Fellows, Chloe and Jake hosted a Gender Based Violence awareness tournament. During this event UGB and national team coaches gave a heartwarming speech about the importance of basketball and education. Over 300 GBV awareness pamphlets were distributed to 100 participants and 300 spectators. Of our participants 4 (2 boys and 2 girls) were chosen for the U16 national team and 2 were sponsored for school! 

March 15th-21st: Team Visits Rwanda

Founder and Executive Director, Lindsey Kittredge, heads to Rwanda to visit our Basketball Health Corps program in Rwanda. Board members, Jackie MacMullan, Amy Latimer, Chiney Oqwumike Alex Gallagher, along with student-athletes from the Noble and Greenough School will be joining her for the incredible journey across the sea! If you have equipment, shoes or clothing in good condition that you would like to send over please contact Lindsey Kittredge



Saturday, March 18th: 9am - 3pm

Shooting Touch Tournament Celebrating #IWD 2017 International Women's Day 

Nyamirama, Kayonza (Nyamirama Health Center)

  • Over 1,000 people attended, city officials, Chiney Oqumike (ST Board of Ambassador) from WNBA, Kita Mantangulu from NBA Africa, Nobles staff and students and our staff of INCREDIBLE coaches made up a rather impressive crowd. 
  • One of our stellar players,Thierry, did so well and that he secured himself a spot at the NBA's BWB in August. (4) other players were picked up by the National Team, including (2) females, earlier this month.
  • Over 100 females in our program - incredible growth and competition
  • Kita Matungulu from NBA Africa stood in front of our crowd and said that we have the best 10-16 year old players on the continent.  
  • Partners in Health sponsored NCD testing for over 250 people. People were fighting to get into the tents just to understand their blood pressure and to understand whether they were pre-diabetic or not. Incredible. Our mission was brought to life again of using sport to mobilize people towards better health.