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Our Shooting Touch Coaching Staff is comprised of eight men and four women, coming from regions as far as Kigali to just within the East of Rwanda.  Five of these coaches were previously Shooting Touch participants, rising up from a volunteer junior coaching position to now a full-time, paid coaching position.  Although programming is run in four separate locations in the Eastern Province, coaches gather monthly at our Shooting Touch Coaching Clinics to review topics ranging from health education to basketball skills to mentoring youth.

Coaching Clinics:

  • Turikumwe Health Clinic

  • Refereeing Skills

  • Basketball Skills and Development

  • Youth Mentorship

Our coaches are not just basketball coaches, but life coaches and health educators, available to our participants at all hours of the day.  Shooting Touch coaches are running practices five days per week for our boys, girls, and women and operate league games and events on the weekends. Two days per week, these coaches are shifting gears from sport to health, where they educate each demographic on basic health knowledge derived from our Turikumwe Health Curriculum.  Our coaches are seen as responsible leaders within their communities; this leadership is seen in participation within community service every month, availability to aiding schools and Peace Corps in programming, and representing Shooting Touch in basketball trainings in Kigali. 

BHC Coaching StaFF

 Ali Ruzira, 27, Head Coach, Rwinkwavu

Ali Ruzira, 27, Head Coach, Rwinkwavu

 Diane Amizero, 19, Junior Coach, Rwinkwavu

Diane Amizero, 19, Junior Coach, Rwinkwavu

 Patrick Nsabimana, 29, Ass. Head Coach, Rwinwkavu

Patrick Nsabimana, 29, Ass. Head Coach, Rwinwkavu

 Shema Eric, 19, Ass. Head Coach, Nyamirama

Shema Eric, 19, Ass. Head Coach, Nyamirama

 Aline Bamukunde, Head Coach, Rukara

Aline Bamukunde, Head Coach, Rukara

 Christian Niyijimbere, Head Coach, Kayonza

Christian Niyijimbere, Head Coach, Kayonza

 Venant Niyigena, 21, Ass. Head Coach, Rukara

Venant Niyigena, 21, Ass. Head Coach, Rukara

 Souvenir Kalisa, Junior Coach, Kayonza

Souvenir Kalisa, Junior Coach, Kayonza

 Esther Ingabire, 18, Junior Coach, Nyamirama

Esther Ingabire, 18, Junior Coach, Nyamirama

 Benigne Umuhoza, 20, Ass. Head Coach, Kayonza

Benigne Umuhoza, 20, Ass. Head Coach, Kayonza

 Yussef Mussolini, 18, Junior Coach, Nyamirama

Yussef Mussolini, 18, Junior Coach, Nyamirama

 Moses Karwanira, 22, Junior Coach, Rukara

Moses Karwanira, 22, Junior Coach, Rukara

I feel like I’m born again, I have a reason to smile.
— Shema, Nyamirama, Junior Coach