With both a women’s and a men’s league 3 days out of the week and impromptu recreational games popping up when members stopping by the gym, basketball in Kansas is a staple at the Athletic Club of Overland Park.
Basketball is one of the few sports that originated in the United States and few sport/state pairs can claim a richer history than that of Basketball in Kansas.
The original rules of basketball were designed by James Naismith, and even though he was Canadian, the game was invented when he was teaching in the United States. He invented the indoor sport of basketball in the winter of 1891 as a way to stay physically fit during the cold winter when outdoor sports weren’t possible to play. The original sport used a soccer ball and the objective was to throw it into a round basket that had been tied to a ten foot balcony—the players had to use a ladder to retrieve the ball once they scored.
Little did Naismith know the game would soon become a sensation. He became the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas. The University of Kansas is extremely proud of its strong tie to the history of basketball, there is a dorm building named after Naismith and a museum dedicated to basketball in the Allen Field house.
Trough the University of Kansas the entire state has developed a strong tie to the sport, even if you are a K-State fan the University of Kansas’ history with basketball is something that it is difficult not to be proud of.
Therefore it just seems right that the Athletic Club of Overland Park is continuing the tradition of basketball in Kansas through playing the sport and honoring our history.