James Naismith was a student at Springfield College from 1890-1891. Upon completing his one-year program to become a physical director for the YMCA, he took a position as a full-time faculty member at Springfield College, a position he kept through the spring of 1895. Just prior to the Christmas break in 1891, with the intent to appease a restless secretary department physical exercise class, he designed a new game: Basketball. R. Tait McKenzie was a sculpture, physician and physical educator. One of his best known works is the Joy of Effort, 1912, a bas-relief masterpiece designed for the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, a version of which is on display at Springfield College.
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