Thirteen

In the Eastern Province, Shooting Touch employs 13 local-Rwandan coaches. From Rwinkwavu (Laurent, Diane and Jeanne), to Nyamirama (Patrick, Yussuf, Esther and Fatuma), to Kayonza (Christian, Benine and Fabrice) and lastly, Rukara (Aline, Venant and Moses). Without these coaches, our organization would be a shell of itself. Any day at practice, they can be baby-sitters, …

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All-Star

Every year the NBA takes a mid-season break to highlight and honor the best of the league during All-Star Weekend. This weekend always consists of a humorous Celebrity game, inspiring Rising Stars Challenge, a thrilling Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest, followed by a monster Dunk Contest and the final All-Star Game to close out the …

Friends

Think of the people you wouldn’t want to go through life without. Friends. How’d you make them? How long have they been around? Basketball has gifted me friends across four different continents. Everyone must have at least one true friend, right? Who knows? Maybe some people were told they should stay in the house all …

Routine

Ever seen that Abe “Grampa” Simpson GIF flash across the timeline? You know, the one where the eldest Simpson walks through the front door whistling, drops his hat on the rack, spins in a circle, picks up his hat, walks right back outside and closes the door behind him like everything’s completely normal? If you …

Coach

Anyone who has ever coached basketball to young adults knows first-hand the hair-ripping, foot-stomping, fist-clenching, scream-repressing moments that happen while watching from the sideline. The joyous moments outnumber and outweigh the depressing ones, of course. But hell, we all feel frustration. Whether we bury it or not. When someone asks me what coaching in Rwanda …

2019 GBV Awareness Tournament

Players traveling in full basketball gear from Rwinkwavu, Kayonza and Nyamirama were all smiles when they scrambled out of local busses this past Saturday, January 20th in Rukara Sector for the 2019 Shooting Touch Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Awareness Tournament. The tournament — running from 10:00AM-2:30PM — was created to stress the significance of gender equality, …

Backpacker

A few months ago, when I walked up to a household bookshelf in Kigali coated with dust, I didn’t expect to read anything. I scanned across the titles of a robust German novel, a threadbare Harry Potter sequel and a piece on African warfare. None of the reading material caught my attention. Until, mixed in …