James Naismith

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Full NameJames Naismith
Date of BirthNovember 6, 1861
Place of BirthAlmonte, Canada West, Province of Canada (now part of Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada)
Date of DeathNovember 28, 1939
Alma MaterMcGill University, Springfield College, Presbyterian College
Known ForInventing the game of basketball, founding the University of Kansas basketball program, writing the original basketball rule book
Coaching CareerCoached basketball and track and field at the University of Kansas from 1898 to 1907
Notable AchievementsInducted into multiple sports halls of fame, including the FIBA Hall of Fame, Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, and Basketball Hall of Fame
Early LifeBorn in Canada to Scottish parents, orphaned early in life, attended McGill University in Montreal, played multiple sports, including football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, and gymnastics
Contribution to BasketballDesigned the game of basketball in 1891 while teaching at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts

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