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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

Aline Bamukunde, Head Coach, Rukara

Aline Bamukunde, Head Coach, Rukara

Diane Amizero, 19, Junior Coach, Rwinkwavu

Diane Amizero, 19, Junior Coach, Rwinkwavu

Patrick Nsabimana, 29, Head Coach, Nyamirama

Patrick Nsabimana, 29, Head Coach, Nyamirama

Christian Niyijimbere, Head Coach, Kayonza

Christian Niyijimbere, Head Coach, Kayonza

Jeanne Uwiragiye, 23, Junior Coach, Rwinkwavu

Jeanne Uwiragiye, 23, Junior Coach, Rwinkwavu

Venant Niyigena, 21, Junior Coach, Rukara

Venant Niyigena, 21, Junior Coach, Rukara

Fabrice Siniremera, 23, Junior Coach, Kayonza

Fabrice Siniremera, 23, Junior Coach, Kayonza

Esther Ingabire, 18, Junior Coach, Nyamirama

Esther Ingabire, 18, Junior Coach, Nyamirama

Fatuma, 23, Junior Coach, Nyamirama

Fatuma, 23, Junior Coach, Nyamirama

Yussef Mussolini, 18, Junior Coach, Nyamirama

Yussef Mussolini, 18, Junior Coach, Nyamirama

Benigne Umuhoza, 20, Junior Coach, Kayonza

Benigne Umuhoza, 20, Junior Coach, Kayonza

Moses Karwanira, 22, Junior Coach, Rukara

Moses Karwanira, 22, Junior Coach, Rukara

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