Located in rural Rwanda, ST uses basketball, a regionally young and growing sport, to influence at-risk youth and women to live healthier lives. Using the courts as classrooms, over 1,000 boys, girls, and women gather together to learn more than just the sport of basketball and the importance of physical activity; participants are taught vital health education alongside of sport, marrying the two concepts of physical and mental well-being. Within the four villages that ST exists, basketball practice is five days per week, and health classes are two times per week. Each practice is run by Rwandese coaches and are broken up by age and gender. Below are the following demographics of practices:
10yrs-13yrs mixed girls and boys practice
14yrs-16yrs girls practice and boys practice
17 yrs-18 yrs girls practice and boys practice
21+ women’s practice
Youth and Women have access to sport in rural villages
Decreased social stigmas of gender inequality in sport
Positive social skills amongst participants
Turikumwe Practice Participation
Over the past 5 years ST practices have conducted over 200,000 participation hours (1 person * 1 hour of practice = 1 p.h.) and have held over 3,500 Turikumwe sessions across 5 courts built by Shooting Touch.
Additionally, we have been able to create an equal gender ratio in programming. In rural Rwanda, it is uncommon to see females, and extremely unlikely to see women playing sports. Through our programming we have been able to form relationships with communities and create a safe space for females to play basketball and receive health services.