This post was written by Remy Ndiaye.
December 14 2014 was the day that all coaches, players, fans and family members in Kayonza were waiting for. In other words, the 3×3 tournament was a huge success not only for Shooting Touch but also the entire Eastern Province. Great competition and fair-play was shown by the kids on Sunday.
The preparation began on Friday afternoon. At 3:30 I began the preliminary games in Kayonza. The girls and boys under 14 and 18 showed up on time. Isa helped me with the score and refs. Within 2 hours, we had one team for the girls, U14 and U18 boys. On Saturday morning, it was Rukara’s turn for the preliminary games. With the help of my coaches, Venant and Moses, the finalists were known after couple hours. Each sites had a total of 12 participants and 3 coaches. Also, each team had their jerseys with the name of the site in the back ready in our office.
On Saturday, Lisanne, Isa and I were handing out flyers to people and also puting them in different stores where customers come in the most. After handing out the flyers we began to check with people who were involved in the organization such as the bus driver who was supposed to go pick up the kids at each site, the DJ who was responsible for the sound system, Top Chair Store people who rented us chairs and tent for our guests, and then finally Savannah Motel which managed the food for our guests and players. I had to double check with them and made sure that they were at the right place and at the right time.
5:45 A.M on Sunday I was up to pick up my kids in Rukara, which was 30 minutes away from the court. By 6:20 A.M I loaded the bus in Rukara and then sent the driver to Wrinkwavu to pick up Lisanne, Isa, and the players. I also scooped the kids from Nyamirama on the way back. At 9:14 A.M everyone was present at Kayonza Youth Friendly Center. We reunited with the players at the site and brought them into the office to gear them up with the new jerseys.
We began by presenting the Shooting Touch Junior Coaches who worked really hard on and off the court and also sacrificed their time to attend our coaching clinic for 4 weeks. All of them were evaluated in class and also on the court. Their final reports shows that all of them had passed the test and that they were officially Shooting Touch Coaches. They received their diplomas, whistles, and polos. I am really proud of the coaches because they showed determination and dedication.
Schedule for 3-on-3 Tournament
Division 1- Girls Division 2- Under 14 Division 3- 15-18 years old
A-Rwinkwavu B- Nyamirama C-Kayonza D-Rukara
9:00-9:15- Introduction (Shooting Touch and Federation)
9:30-9:45- Division 1 A vs. B & C vs. D (ref- Aime & Patrick)
9:55-10:10- Division 2 A vs. B & C vs. D (ref- Aime & Patrick)
10:15-10:30-Division 3 A vs. B & C vs. D (ref-Aime & Patrick)
10:30-10:40- Guest Speaker
10:45-11:00- Division 1 A vs. C & D vs. B (ref- Isa & Remy)
11:05-11:20- Division 2 A vs. C & D vs. B (ref- Isa & Remy)
11:25- 11:40- Division 3 A vs. C & D vs. B (ref- Isa & Remy)
11:45- Shooting Contest
12:30-12:45- Division 1 A vs. D & B vs. C (Rem & Patrick)
12:50-1:05- Division 2 A vs. D & B vs. C (Rem & Patrick)
1:10-1:25- Division 3 A vs. D & B vs. C (Rem & Patrick)
12:15-12:45- Division 2&3
12:45-1:30- Division 1
1:35-1:50 Dance Performance
Semi Finals- (Refs- Patrick, Aime, Isa, Remy)
2:00-2:15 –Division 1 1st place vs. 4th place & 2nd place vs. 3rd place
2:20-2:35- Division 2 1st place vs. 4th place & 2nd place vs. 3rd place
2:40-2:55- Division 3 1st place vs. 4th place & 2nd place vs. 3rd place
Finals- (Refs- Patrick, Aime, Isa, Remy)
3:00-3:15- Division 1 1st place vs. 2nd place
3:20-3:35- Division 2 1st place vs. 2nd place
3:40-3:55- Division 3 1st place vs. 2nd place
4:00pm- Announce winners & give prizes
Girls Division 1: Rukara Vs Nyamirama. Boys U14 Division 2: Kayonza vs Wrinkwavu. Boys U18 Division 3: Kayonza Vs Rukara
Winners: Girls: Nyamirama. U14: Wrinkwavu. U18: Kayonza
MVPs: Girls: Rosette from Nyamirama. U14: Passi from Wrinkwavu. U18: Thiery From Kayonza U14. The MVPs were selected by the Federation members, Secretary General Richard Mutabazi and the Rwanda National Head Coach.
Guests and Federation Members
Jean Claud, Director of the Kayonza Youth Friendly Center, was present at the event and he supported us with supplying power and materials. He was really proud of the kids and he noticed their progress because he has seen many of the kids grow and play in the tournaments every year. Secretary General and Head Coach of FERWABA Richard Mutabazi and Moses came along to show their support and also scout the kids in the East. They have detected many players who they want us to keep our eyes on. They requested their contact information and age for further international events. They also provided water and 4 basketballs during the tournament, which were given to the MVPs at the end of the ceremony. In addition, they came with a media team known as the Kigali Half Time Sports Show. They filmed the entire tournament and showed the tournament the next day on national TV at 9 PM. Dr Philbert Muhire from Wramagana Hospital was our guest Speaker. Dr Philbert, who generously accepted our offer, spoke to the kids about AIDS and HIV. The kids payed attention and learned a lot from the information given. We also distributed heath flyers, pamphlets, and condoms to every single person present at the tournament. It was an opportunity for the kids to learn about the life ahead of them and how to be very protective.
The Next Step
The day after the tournament, we went to Gahini to focus on the brand new court. It was time to draw the new lines. I gathered most of my kids from Kayonza who kindly volunteered to help paint the court. Most of my kids are working with their parents either on their farms or with house constructions. For that reason, some of them know how to paint and the exact materials needed. Isa and Lisanne came along with the dimensions and paints. As the pictures below show, the court is really close to being perfect. We will update you guys once it is done.
Thank you so much for your support,
One love and God bless you all!