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James Naismith

Invented Basketball
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Net worth 2018: $100 Million
Industry: Sportspersons
Residence: Almonte
BirthDay: 6 November 1861
Died On: November 28, 1939
Education: Almonte High School, Almonte, Ontario (1883), BA Physical Education, McGill University, LLD, Presbyterian College of Theology, Montreal (1890), Springfield College, Medical School, University of Colorado (1898),

James Naismith was bornon 6 November 1861 in Almonte, Canadian, American, is Invented Basketball. James Naismith was a Canadian-American sports coach and innovator of the game ‘basketball’. He designed the game at Springfield YMCA and after teaching it there for several years, he introduced it in Kansas by founding the University of Kansas basketball program. As a young boy, Naismith was always interested in the outdoor games and designed basketball on some of the games he used to play outdoors. Naismith became the first ever campus coach of basketball when the University of Kansas hired him as a basketball coach and with it he started to achieve fame and glory worldwide but he was more interested in his physical education career. Although there came a time when everyone in the world started enjoying his invention but he thought of it as merely a curiosity and favored gymnastics and wrestling more. He witnessed basketball being adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904 and as an official event at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, as well as the birth of both the National Invitation Tournament (1938) and the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship (1939). He received honors like, Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the FIBA Hall of Fame, etc.


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Kincaid but he suffered from a major brain hemorrhage in the same year and died at the age of 78 on November 28, 1939, in Lawrence, Kansas


His first wife died in 1937 and he got married again to Florence B


In 1935, he went to witness the introduction of basketball into the official Olympic sports program of the 1936 Summer Olympic Games


He received an honorary PE Masters degree in 1910, patrolled the Mexican border for four months during World War I, traveled to France, published two books—‘A Modern College ( 1911)’ and ‘Essence of a Healthy Life (1918)’


Apart from inventing the game of basketball at Springfield YMCA, Naismith’s major work is considered to be his role of basketball coach at the University of Kansas from 1898-1907


Naismith got married to Maude Evelyn Sherman on 1894 in Massachusetts


In 1893, YMCA movement popularized the game internationally while Naismith went to Denver to earn a degree in medical science and in the following years he went to the University of Kansas after coaching the game at Baker University


Naismith made the first game of ‘basket ball’ in 1891 and wrote the formal conditions of the game in which players played nine versus nine, handled a soccer ball and the goals were a pair of peach baskets


He later graduated from the Almonte High School in Ontario in 1883

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