In December 1891, at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, the school’s director, Dr. Luther Gulick, gave physical education teacher James Naismith two weeks to come up with an indoor winter game to challenge a class of future Y directors. Naismith hung peach baskets to the bottom of a second-level running track and taught the men his new game: basketball. Today, basketball is second only to soccer as the most popular sport in the world.
“This January, the Y’s basketball program teams up with the Jr. NBA – the NBA’s official youth basketball participation program for boys and girls ages 6-14. The Jr. NBA teaches the fundamental skills as well as core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience,” said Shane Quigley, program director at the Glenwood Park Y.
The Jr. NBA Philosophy is to share the game of basketball with youth across the world by teaching skills, values, and wellness in a positive and fun environment. The Jr. NBA’s holistic approach is intended to strengthen the culture of youth basketball, teach life lessons, and empower youth to live a full and healthy life. The Jr. NBA believes this philosophy leads to developing complete and well-rounded basketball players and individuals.
“This new partnership really is a win-win for our community. We’re able to a basketball program –and for those that might not be able to afford such a program – through the YMCA,” said Quigley.
The Jr. NBA program participation fee includes an official Jr. NBA jersey, practice and seven games.