Tuesday, April 12, 2016

N is for Naismith

"Father of Basketball"

James Naismith was born in Almonte, Ontario, Canada on Nov. 5, 1861.  He was a student of physical education in Montreal before moving to the United States.

He was always interested in taking care of the body and soul.  He became acquainted with the YMCA and left for Massachusetts where there was an International Training school in Springfield.

During one very cold winter in 1891 he was asked to create an indoor activity for the youth and had only two weeks to invent one.  He remembered a game he played as a boy called "duck on a rock" where a person would guard a large rock when rocks were thrown trying to knock it over.

He located two peach baskets, hung them 10' off the floor and had players try to throw a ball into the basket. The original ball was a soccer ball and there was a bottom on the basket.

After his training in Massachusetts he moved to Colorado and became the director of the YMCA there. He also obtained a medical degree from Colorado Medical School at the same time.

He served in the Kansas Infantry from 1914-1917 and became an american citizen in 1925.

Now to Kansas, my home state, he became the first basketball coach for the University of Kansas.  He was the athletic director until 1937. He died in 1939 and is buried in Lawrence, Kansas.

He received many posthumous honors in the world of sports. Basketball made it's debut in the Olympics in 1936.




 I think he would be impressed with the 64 team "March Madness" that we enjoy today.

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Ann

7 comments:

carol l mckenna said...

What a great post for N ~ enjoyed learning about Nesmith and YMCA and basketball ~

Happy Weekend coming to you ~ ^_^

Annesphamily said...

Hi Ann, how are you? I am trying to catch up a little with everyone. SO much going on with us this month. The wedding for Jeremy and Brittany, Nick coming and going for the wedding and turning around and picking him up in the first week of May!

I really love this N post, it was great info to share! Thank you and I hope your week is just wonderful.

xo

Shooting Parrots said...

I had a vague memory that basketball was invented as a winter training sport, but I didn't know the full story. Thanks for filling in the gaps!

Melody Steenkamp said...

Haven't heard of him before... not that strange i guess, not beeing a sportsfan ;-)

Good choice for N though!

Have a nice abc-wednesday-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Roger Owen Green said...

I've been to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Great locale.

ROG, ABCW

Trubes said...

Being a Brit I know little or nothing about Basket ball,
I have watched a couple of games on TV whilst we were in
Florida..I guess you have to rather tall to be good at the game.
Now I know who created it, useful knowledge to retain when playin
trivial Pursuits or similar!

Best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.

Valerie CottageMakingMommy said...

I have never heard of him before until now either. Thank you for teaching us.

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