Who Made That? Spalding Basketball
by Isaiah L
The first basketball hoop was a peach basket and made out of wire and was played with a soccer ball but then the basketball was made. The Basketball is made out of synthetic material instead of leather.(funfacts.com p.2) Basketball was first made in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith. Naismith made basketball because he needed a game for his class to play indoors during the winter.
One of the main uses for this game was for the players to work on hand-eye coordination and for them to have fun. Up until 1894, the players had to play with a soccerball. Until Naismith asked A.g spalding to create a ball just for basketball Naismith knew that his players couldn't keep playing with a soccer ball so he told the spalding brothers to help him make a ball just for basketball. That’s where the name spalding comes from. Now the brand spalding is huge, the company is now owned by Russel Brands and is is moving to shoes, footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, baseball gloves etc.
Spalding is now the world's largest basketball equipment supplier.(factmonster.com p.5) Spalding is now the official backboard of the NCAA and the NBA. Spalding is also trusted in every sport. This sport impacted the world by giving people something to play during the winter and help people with hand-eye coordination. But now basketball is used to play the sport for fun or to make money. The basketball has changed by the size and color.
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