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Program Description:

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. 

Our 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

BHC Coaching StaFF

I am thankful for Shooting Touch because I am now able to support myself and my baby.
— Diane Amizero, 19, Junior Coach (above on left)

program goals:

  1. Achieve equal ratio of male to female coaches

  2. Educate and empower coaching staff to be able to teach basketball skills and health education

  3. Coaches serve as role models for participants and communities

PRogram outcomes:

Number of coaches employed

When I completed secondary school, my teacher told me about Shooting Touch. Before, I had played basket, but I was not good. I didn’t even know how to make a layup. I didn’t show up on time. Now I really try. As a coach, I’ve learned how to differentiate drills for certain skills and ages. I’m trying to do research and find resources for more drills and basketball strategy. I’ve also gained positive characteristics. If you’re a coach, you have to have energy and be a role model. The most important thing I’ve learned is if you want to be a better coach or person, you have to be able to accept criticism. My job has made me a better person, because I understand how everyone should respect each other. I like to teach the little kids. I know I’m the one who can make a change in their lives.
— Moses Karwanira, Jr. Coach Rukara