Program Description:

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

Program Goals:

  1. Youth and Women have access to sport in rural villages

  2. Decreased social stigmas of gender inequality in sport

  3. Positive social skills amongst participants

program Outcomes:

Turikumwe Practice Participation

1 person * 1 hour of practice = 1 participation Hour

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.

Participant Gender Ratio in 2016

Participant Gender Ratio in 2018

People used to laugh at these women playing. Now, all the women in the village want to join and all the men in the village want to watch
— Nyamirama, Head Coach
I’m always motivated to come to practice, because I know basketball is good for my health. Every day I’m eager to learn new drills. I’m happy when I’m on the court. I get to talk, laugh and get advice from my friends. I love shooting, but I also like playing with my teammates — I can’t play alone. I never get tired of practice. I go home thinking, ‘I wish I can continue practicing all week long!’ If I want to be a coach in the future, I know I can achieve my goal.
— Sylvie Niyomungeri, participant