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Kayonza district, FERWABA commend Shooting Touch

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Kayonza district together with national basketball federation FERWABA have extolled Basketball Health Corps “Shooting Touch” (BHC) for using basketball to transform life’s plus communities in Kayonza, Eastern Province.

Both the district and FERWABA expressed gratitude during basketball competition that attracted over 350 basketball enthusiasts and teams from Rukura, Rwinkwavu, Kayonza, and Nyamirama.

On behalf of Kayonza Mayor, Jean Baptist Murejenzi who is the charge of sport at the district thanked Shoot Touch for the work done to empower women, girls, and boys by using basketball.

“Shooting Touch has done great work; they deserve an ovation because all is there for everyone to see in Kayonza when it comes to basketball,” Murenjenzi said

In one of the competitive games that excited the fans Kayonza/Rukara combined as one team defeated Rwinkwavu/Nyamirama by 40-30 in the senior boys final category, in the U14 boys group Kayonza/Rukara lost 11-6 while in the girls category Rwinkwavu/Nyamirama made a comeback to win by 8-6, all teams walked away with trophies, medals as well as other gifts.

On behalf of FERWABA. Women national basketball coach Jack Bahigi thanked the participants, district and commended BHC for what they have done in the last 7 years.

“The basketball Health Corps has detected, develop talent, built infrastructure, offered equipment despite all that they have empowered community and students through basketball education to fight poverty in Kayonza.”

Bahiga added that BHC partners with FERWABA to develop talent, youth U16 player national basketballer Their Nkundwa is a practical product of BHC.

Chloe Rothman country director noted, “Our mission is to use basketball to educate and empower at-risk youth and the communities in which they live in three steps by providing access to the games through courts, coaches, and equipment.”

 “We try to change attitudes and behaviors and give access to adequate care through sponsoring healthcare coverage to families especially women and children.” She added

The BHC has transformed basketball courts, into classrooms where youth, women and their communities can learn essential health education, develop valuable life skills, and have fun to play basketball.

Shooting Touch implements two signature programs: 1. Boston: G3:  Getting Girls in the Game program providing 75 girls, ages 9-17, with opportunities to participate in supportive and female-friendly programming that provides off-court health education, mentorship and academic tutoring; and 2. Rwanda: BHC serving over 2,500 youth, ages 7-21, from 7 rural communities in the Republic of Rwanda’s Eastern Province.

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