James Naismith is the man who invented basketball. In 1891 Naismith was given the task to create a game for the kids at the YMCA in Springfield. This report is about how James Naismith created, came up with and affected the game of basketball. I chose this topic because my favourite sport is basketball and I wanted to learn more about how it was created. You will learn about who James Naismith is, how he created basketball and what basketball has done for the world.Who is he? James Naismith was born on November 6th, 1861. He was the oldest son of Scottish immigrants, Margaret and John Naismith. Margaret had a large family that moved to Canada in 1852 and settled in Ramsay Township. In 1853, 18 year old John left his parents in Scotland and immigrated to Canada. James was raised in Ramsay Township which is near Almonte, Ontario where he attended grade school. But unfortunately, at age 9 his parents died of typhoid fever. James along with his older sister, Annie and his younger brother, Robbie moved to live with their uncle, Peter Young in nearby Bennie’s Corners.What did he accomplish in his life? In 1891 when James Naismith worked at the YMCA in Springfield, he was given the task to create an indoor game for the kids that was fun and would keep them active during a huge snowstorm in New England. Even though Naismith was born in Canada, the game is an American sport. Then, 3 years later he married Maude Shermann and eventually had 5 kids. Then, in 1898 he obtained his medical degree from the University of Colorado Medical School. He also served as a captain in the First Infantry Regiment in 1914. Finally, basketball was put into the Berlin Summer Olympics in 1936. James got to see it in the Olympics which was pretty cool. But James then passed away on November 28th, 1939.Where did he get the idea from? James Naismith got the idea from various sports. He had to create a game within two weeks. He thought of just bringing soccer or lacrosse inside, however, the school gym was small and it would have been hard to play. Then, he recalled a childhood game that he played called Duck on a Rock where you had to throw a rock into a basket. He now had an idea of what he wanted to do, he wanted to attach baskets on walls and then have the players throw a ball into them. He had trouble finding boxes so he used peach baskets from the cafeteria.When did he create the game? James Naismith created the game in December of 1891. He was 30 years old and was working at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith was in charge of the indoor physical education program and the head physical educator, Luther Gulick gave Naismith the task to create a new indoor game because there was a very big snowstorm happening in New England and the kids had nothing to play. He gave Naismith 14 days to create the game which would have been pretty hard for a normal person but he had a Physical Education degree so it wasn’t that hard for him.Why does Basketball make James Naismith a great Canadian? James Naismith is a great Canadian. He has done so many good things for the world. He invented Basketball, which still affects the world to this day, he got a medical degree and a physical education and worked at a YMCA. He also graduated from college and then later had a wife and 5 kids which makes him a great man. Something that you probably didn’t know about James Naismith is that he served as a captain in the First Infantry Regiment in 1914. And finally, he was the first person to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame which was named after him.How has Basketball made a big impact on the world? Basketball has impacted the world tremendously for many reasons. People now have many more job opportunities because it takes many people to play basketball. Each team has to have players, coaches, trainers and other various staff. Basketball has more international players than any other American sport which means that there are people from all over the world playing. There are some families in the world that don’t have a lot of money and if someone from their family is good at Basketball they can make millions of dollars and then they could help out their family. Basketball is now one of the most popular sports in the world and a lot of people watch it each and everyday.