Wishlisted by Matt Mayer
James Naismith was a Canadian Physical Education instructor working at the Springfield YMCA in Massachusetts in 1891. Struggling to find an indoor sport which would keep his rowdy charges occupied during the long Massachusetts winter, he came up with the idea of nailing two peach baskets to the end of the gym, which the students would have to lob a ball into. He called his new game "Basket Ball". The YMCA later became Springfield College and you can find a statue of Naismith on campua today. Naismith lived to see basketball introduced to the Olympics in 1936 where he presented gold to the US and silver to his home country of Canada.
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