BHC: Basketball Health Corps
In 2012, Shooting Touch put down program roots in Rwanda and is now serving over 1000 youth in eight rural communities struggling to rebuild after the 1994 genocide. 67% of Rwandans are under the age of 25. This population represents a youth bulge that is hungry for knowledge and success but is being starved of the access and opportunities integral to their personal and professional development. In order to reverse the cycles of poverty, disease and violence, the Basketball Health Corps is transforming our courts into classrooms where youth and their communities can learn, develop, and play together.
The primary goal of the Basketball Health Corps is to put youth on a fast track to 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:
- Provide access to the game through courts, coaches, and equipment
- Change attitudes and behaviors through health-education curriculum
- 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.