On a rainy Massachusetts day in December 1891, James Naismith - a physical education professor and YMCA instructor - trialed a new game that he had been developing to keep his athletes fit during winter.
His invention was the primitive version of what would become one of the most popular sports in the world! And for 130 years, basketball has been enjoyed by millions.
Basketball is one of the most inclusive games in the world with rapidly growing women's leagues and highly popular adapted versions such as wheelchair basketball. Yet another legacy of the Y that we are very proud of!