In December of 1891 James Naismith, a Canadian-American Physical education teacher, invented the game of basketball. He invented the game in order to provide an indoor sport to help athletes keep in shape during the cold winter months. By 1904 the game had become so popular that it served as a demonstration sport at the Summer Olympics. Becoming an official sport at the Summer Olympics in 1936.
|Princeton High School; Walter H. Martin Collection; 2004.003.016.|