My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: Springfield College
Location: Springfield, MA
I spent Saturday afternoon watching two college basketball games. I overheard a fan ask a friend where the game of basketball was invented. They didn’t know but a Google Search came up with Springfield College.
The school opened in September 1885, but their first building, which faced Winchester Park in Springfield, was not completed until March 1887.
Since 1885, Springfield College has undergone name changes, renovations, construction, and other major developments. One thing that has remained the same has been the institutions focus on Humanics. Humanics is Springfield’s unique philosophy that calls for the education of students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.
The game of basketball was invented by James Naismith.
James Naismith came to Springfield College, then the International YMCA Training School, in 1890 for a special one-year program to train as a YMCA Physical Director. The campus at that time was in a single building on the corner of State and Sherman streets in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Upon completion of the one-year program, Naismith took a position as a full-time faculty member at Springfield College, a position he kept through the spring of 1895. Urged by Luther Halsey Gulick, the college’s superintendant of the physical department, to create a new indoor game “that would be interesting, easy to learn, and easy to play in the winter and by artificial light,” Naismith responded. After trying several different ideas, he settled upon a game that required two teams, two peach baskets, a ball, and thirteen rules.