James Naismith | Basketball Inventor

From Almonte, Ontario

James Naismith was a physical educator, physician, chaplain, sports coach and innovator. He invented the game of basketball at age 30 in 1891.

Naismith studied physical education at McGill University in Montreal. He wrote the original basketball rule book and founded the University of Kansas basketball program.


Radio Interview, 1939

Naismith lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904.

He saw basketball make its Olympic Games debut in 1936 at Berlin.


Almonte is a town in the eastern portion of Ontario. Formerly a separate municipality, Almonte is now a ward of the town of Mississippi Mills.


Almonte offers museums and several historical spots, such as the home of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.


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  1. Trainer Brittany

    While a coach at Kansas, Naismith coached Phog Allen, who later became the coach at Kansas for 39 seasons, beginning a lengthy and prestigious coaching tree. Allen then went on to coach legends including Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith, among others, who themselves coached many notable players and future coaches.

  2. 1000T0wns

    Thanks for the great story, Trainer Brittany!

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