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Kansas Kaleidoscope - Story Starters 4

Vol. 12, No. 4 February-March "Kansas and Basketball"

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Basketball is popular in Kansas because we have winters! We needed a winter sport. Since the sport was made we could get exercise. We played in a court where it would not crash our home. Dr. Naismith was a big help to inventing basketball!

Katie Gould, First Grade

Basketball is popular in Kansas because we needed a sport in the winter. In fall they played football and soccer. Spring and summer they played baseball. But in winter, they had nothing to play. During 1891 Dr. James Naismith invented basketball. Several years later he came to Kansas University (KU) and started the KU basketball program.

Edison Lewis, First Grade

Basketball is popular in Kansas because Dr. James Naismith invented it. Peach Baskets were the first hoops. When they made a goal inside of the peach baskets instead of a basketball there would be a soccer ball. Instead of us calling it basketball, the first suggested name was Naismith-ball. At last Naismith arrives at Kansas University in 1891, to teach them basketball.

Emma Hutchison, First Grade

Basketball is popular in Kansas because Dr. James Naismith invented it in 1891. Naismith had two weeks to invent an indoor sport for the winter. He procrastinated for thirteen days. The first suggested name for basketball was Naismith-ball. When Dr. Naismith invented basketball there were thirteen rules. Before they had basketballs they used soccer balls, and before they used hoops they used peach baskets. Men couldn’t watch women play basketball, and women had different rules than men did. Back then men couldn’t dribble, but women could. James Naismith came to Kansas University in 1898, so that is why basketball is popular in Kansas.

Hailey Colborn, First Grade

Basketball is popular in Kansas because we needed a sport in the winter. In spring and summer we play baseball. At fall we play soccer and football. Basketball was created for winter. Basketball is an indoor game that’s comfortable for everyone.

Joseph Vinduska, First Grade

Basketball is popular in Kansas because Naismith invented basketball in 1891.There were 13 rules in basketball back then. Naismith-ball was the first suggested name for basketball. Also men couldn’t watch women play basketball. The first hoop was a peach basket, and the first basketball was a soccer ball. Dr. James Naismith came to Kansas University in 1898.

Makenzie Fouch, First Grade

Basketball is popular in Kansas because Dr. Naismith invented basketball in 1891.There were 13 rules for basketball. Naismith-ball was the first suggested name for basketball. Peach baskets were the first baskets. Dr. Naismith came to Kansas University in 1898 and taught Kansas University basketball.

Teddy Barfield, First Grade