Friday, August 05, 2005

..... more than the song ....

Everyone in the YMCA knows this but did you know ....

..... in 1891 James Naismith, a Canadian, invented basketball whilst studying at the YMCA International Training School in Massachusetts (later to be named Springfield College).
Naismith had been asked to invent a new game in a desperate attempt to interest pupils in physical exercise.

The game had to be interesting, easy to learn, and easy to play indoors in winter. Such an activity was needed both by the Training School and by YMCAs across the country. It was a success from the very first game.

Naismith and his wife attended the Olympic Games in 1936 when basketball became one of the Olympic events.

..... and ...... In 1895,
William Morgan from the YMCA of Massachusetts, USA,
invented volleyball.

...... Blob Tree ...... Olympic Games?? ...... anychance? ....... do you think?