Geneva College will welcome Ian Naismith, the grandson of the founder of basketball, to display the Naismith Basketball Exhibit. Visitors will be able to meet and talk with Ian Naismith and preview 200 square feet of historical basketball photos, displays and memorabilia.
Ian Naismith selected Geneva College as a venue because Geneva has long been recognized as the Birthplace of College Basketball. Naismith will reference his grandfather’s writings to reconfirm this title.
James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891. The game was intended to foster sportsmanship, character and values in to young people through physical fitness. Now, two generations later, Ian Naismith is traveling the nation reclaiming the values basketball was intended to bear. Visitors of the exhibit will have the opportunity to see the development of one of America’s mainstream professional sports.
The exhibit is free to all during the public display times:
Thursday, April 15 — 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, April 16 — 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 — 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Large groups are encouraged to schedule a visit by contacting Rebecca Dittmar at 724-847-6650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday April 17, visitors are also encouraged to visit western Pennsylvania’s high school Round Ball All-Star Classic, which will be held at Geneva’s Metheny Fieldhouse during the display of the Naismith Basketball Exhibit. The Round Ball All-Star Classic high school basketball competition is for girls and boys at the top of their leagues in single-A through quad-A. The women’s game will be at 4 p.m., and the men will play games at 6 and 8 p.m.
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