Ever wonder how it all got started, this basketball thing?
Today, Google celebrates the birthday of the man responsible for bringing us the joys of basketball — James Naismith. Back in December of 1891, Naismith was a physical education teacher at the International YMCA Training School in Massachusetts when he invented this new ball game. As the story goes, Naismith was given 14 days to create an indoor game that would provide an “athletic distraction” that wouldn’t take up too much room, help the track athletes to keep in shape, and make it fair for all players and not too rough. Naismith used the popular games of that time (rugby, lacrosse, soccer, football, hockey and baseball) in deciding what ball would be safest. He limited a lot of the physical contact by using only passing and reduced body contact by making the goal high above the player’s heads. Players scored goals by throwing shots into peach baskets, and the new game of “basket ball” was born. This new game gained traction and became popular after an article about it was published in the college newspaper on January 15, 1892.
It’s finally 2021 and we are ready to turn the page!
We’re excited about our better-than-ever training here at Hoops! Even though it’s a new year, we are still staying safe and complying with all local health guidelines. All training sessions are modified to take every precaution possible.
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Tonight we have the opportunity to welcome in a brand new year – and we are more than ready for that! There’s no doubt that 2020 was a hard year for a lot of us, in so many ways. We are looking forward to turning the page and starting fresh with the hope that a new year brings us.
Look who’s out on the court, having fun, being safe and learning some strong basketball skills!
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2020 has definitely been a year for the books, hasn’t it? A lot of things haven’t gone as we’d hoped or planned. Instead of practices, games, events and get-togethers, we’ve had months of adjustments, changes, cancellations and downright loss. These changes have been tough — sometimes really tough. But Christmas is coming and this time of year things just seem to sparkle a little more. No matter what the past few months have been like, Christmas brings a different view to life and with that comes a gleam of hope.
So, what’s your Christmas wish this year? It may seem silly to even think this way, especially with all that 2020 has flung at us. But over the past few months, many things have come into perspective…. and it makes my Christmas wish even more clear. This year, my Christmas wish is to be thankful for the recent, beautiful time with my family and friends, and being able to be available for folks in my community.
Our hope for all of you is that you embrace this strange season with the hope and wonder that Christmas always brings. Allow the joy of the season to cover all of the loss over the past few months and look to where the hope takes you next. Reach out, be there for your family, friends and neighbors. We all need that.