Morgan invented the game of volleyball while working as a physical director at the Holyoke YMCA in Holyoke, MA. Morgan, a graduate of Springfield College (then the International YMCA Training School), Class of 1894, recognized the need to create a game that was less strenuous than basketball for the middle aged businessmen that attended the YMCA. The came, originally called "mintonette", combined elements of basketball and badminton. The first official game debuted at a Physical Director's Conference at Springfield College in 1896. It was there that the name was changed to volleyball upon the suggestion of one of Morgan's former professors, Alfred T. Halsted. Morgan left the YMCA in 1897 to begin work with General Electric and Westinghouse but maintained his ties to the college and the game he created. Morgan died in 1942 at the age of 72.
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