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When did basketball come to St. Landry?


A few days ago, while going through photos I have in my collection,  I came across two of the 1922-23 Opelousas High School Basketball Team. Most of the young men in those photos went on to become prominent community leaders.

Let’s talk about that.

Basketball as we know it today was a sport in the U.S. going back to the late 19th century when a Canadian named James Naismith invented the game in 1891. Naismith was a 31-year-old physical education instructor at the YMCA Training School, now called Springfield College, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He said he invented the game to keep athletes indoors during the winter months. He also thought this ball game was safer than football, that was beginning to be a very popular sport at that time.



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