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Hoop Genius

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Hoop Genius

How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball

By John Coy; Joe Morse (Illustrator)

Carolrhoda Books, Hardcover, 9780761366171, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2013

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Taking over a rowdy gym class right before winter vacation is not something James Naismith wants to do at all. The last two teachers of this class quit in frustration. The students--a bunch of energetic young men--are bored with all the regular games and activities. Naismith needs something new, exciting, and fast to keep the class happy...or someone's going to get hurt. His only resources are a gymnasium, a couple peach baskets, some soccer balls, and his imagination. Saving this class is going to take a genius. Discover the true story of how Naismith invented basketball in 1891 at a school in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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