Our 'Almonte Map' art print takes you back to the time when basketball was invented. Dr. James Naismith was a physical education teacher at the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA. New England's winters were long and his athletes got bored and rowdy indoors. So he invented a game that would keep the athletes busy and in shape.
Naismith's goal was to create a game that was fair for all players and not too rough. He chose a large ball and hung peach baskets at each end of the gym. He told the players to bounce and pass the ball down the gym and to throw it into the other team's basket. He blew a whistle and the boys began tackling, kicking and punching and ended up in a free-for-all in the middle of the gym floor. Although the game was a little 'rough' around the edges, the Almonte, Ontario native had invented a sport who's basic principles survive today.
The present-day game is hugely popular, particularly in the US. Canada's lone team, the Toronto Raptors, as well as successful university programs, have driven the game's popularity across Canada.
Our 'Almonte Map' art print is unique and ideal for basketball fans or history fans alike. It's as vintage as it gets featuring a photo illustration of an antique basketball dating back to the 1890s placed on an 1891 map of Ontario. Naismith's hometown—Almonte, Ontario—is highlighted in his honour.
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