Naismith, James National Historic Person

Mississippi Mills, Ontario
Portrait of James Naismith © Expired; Parks Canada, This Week in History
Portrait
© Expired; Parks Canada, This Week in History
Portrait of James Naismith © Expired; Parks Canada, This Week in HistoryNaismith, James © Expired
Address : Highway 15, north of Almonte near Clayton Sideroad, Almonte, Mississippi Mills, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 15/6/1976
Life Date: 1861 to 1939

Other Name(s):
  • Naismith, James  (Designation Name)

Importance: Physician, inventor of basketball, promoter of physical education

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque:  Highway 15, north of Almonte near Clayton Sideroad, Mississippi Mills, Ontario
Plaque Removed:  Highway 15, north of Almonte near Clayton Sideroad, Mississippi Mills, Ontario
No plaque in place, recommended location:  Highway 15, north of Almonte near Clayton Sideroad, Mississippi Mills, Ontario

James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born on this farm in Ramsay Township. While studying theology in Montréal, he played a number of sports and became interested in the new discipline of physical education. In 1891, as a teacher in Massachussetts, he recognized the need for a new indoor activity to promote fitness in place of the traditional winter routine of marching, gymnastics and calisthenics. Feeling that a non-contact team game was the best answer, he devised the sport of basketball. His game is now played in over one hundred countries around the world.