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Google honours basketball inventor Dr. James Naismith

Google honoured Canadian-American physicist and Coach Professor Dr. James Naismith. Today Dr. James Naismith was honoured with his doodle in recognition of his services.

The doodle celebrated Dr Naismith because it was on this day in 1891, he had invented the game of basketball for students cooped up during winter. The following year, he announced the new game and its original rules in the pages of The Triangle, a Springfield College school newspaper.

The doodle shows an animated Dr Naismith standing with a clipboard inside a gymnasium, as students play basketball and it snows outside.

Born on November 6, 1861, near the town of Almont in Ontario, Canada, Naismith earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from McGill University.

In 1890, he took a job as an instructor at the YMCA International Training College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

It was here he was tasked with the responsibility of inventing a game that could occupy students during the unforgiving New England winters. And, the game of basketball was born with the help of two peach baskets, a soccer ball and just ten rules.

Initially, the game featured teams of nine players and combined elements of outdoor sports such as American football, soccer and field hockey. Though initially, there was a lot of scepticism regarding the sport, soon, in 1936, basketball made its Olympic debut in Berlin, Germany. And it was the sport’s founder, James Naismith who threw the ball for the tip-off to commence the first game.

Dr James Naismith envisioned the game as a way for students to better themselves physically and mentally. In his lifetime, he worked hard to help basketball reach more young people. In 1959, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame was set up in Springfield, Massachusetts.

From its humble beginnings in a school gymnasium, the sport has grown into an international phenomenon. Today, it is played in over 200 countries.

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