Exciting NCAA March Madness Is Here!

Whatever sport we coach or enjoy today, who doesn’t enjoy a spirited game of hoops every now and then. Most families have a basketball board, and whether you are a coach, dad, mom or player a quick round of hoops can be invigorating.

  Did you know? James Naismith, a Physical Education instructor, invented basketball at a Massachusetts Y.M.C.A. gymnasium. On March 11, 1892 – just 118 years ago today – the first public basketball game was played in Springfield, Mass. Whether you love to dribble or shoot, basketball is a great way to build team spirit, cooperation and physical fitness, even when done from the seated position of a wheelchair.


In Springfield, Naismith was faced with the problem of finding a sport that was suitable for play inside during the Massachusetts winter for the students at the School for Christian Workers. Naismith wanted to create a game of skill for the students instead of one that relied solely on strength. He needed a game that could be played indoors in a relatively small space. The first game was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets used as goals. Naismith joined the University of Kansas faculty in 1898.

In addition to the creation of the basketball, James Naismith graduated as a medical doctor, primarily interested in sports science. Naismith watched his sport, basketball, introduced in many nations by the YMCA movement. Today basketball has grown to become one of the world’s most popular sports.

For more than a century, basketball has been an exciting, challenging and adaptable activity for men and women of all ages and abilities.

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