Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The History and Spread of Basketball


From Nothing to Something
The Surprising Start and Rapid Spread of Basket Ball from Springfield to the World

Monday, November 14, 2016
6:00 PM

Holyoke Public Library Community Room

In 1891, Luther Halsey Gulick, head of Physical Education at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, urged his student James Naismith to create an indoor game that would be "interesting, easy to learn, and easy to play in the winter by artificial light." Basket Ball was the result. 

Join us on November 14 for a lively presentation by Professors Dennis Gildea and Rick Paar of Springfield College, who will discuss the game's popularity, the role of money in the sport, the influence of "muscular Christianity," the development of women's basketball and more. Springfield College Archivist Jeff Monseau will join the panel.

Materials on the origins and early history of the game from the Springfield College Archives and the Holyoke History Room will be on display on the third floor of the Library through November. 

Professor Dennis Gildea, Ph.D., has taught sports journalism at Springfield College since 1994. He is a former news reporter and sports editor. He has published numerous scholarly articles and is the author of Hoop Crazy: The Lives of Clair Bee and Chip Hilton. Professor Rick Paar, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who has taught counseling and psychotherapy courses at Springfield College, his alma mater, for the past 30 years. He and Gildea have presented their story of basketball's origins at the conferences of the Sports Literature Association and the Society for the Study of Chaos Theory. Jeff Monseau has been Springfield College's Archivist since 2008 and manages an extensive collection of materials related to the history of the YMCA and the history of sports and physical education. 

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