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A booster paid $4.3 million for Naismith’s rules, then KU built this palace for them

Oct 19, 2016

After KU alumnus David Booth purchased James Naismith’s original rules of basketball for a total of $4.3 million in 2010, the DeBruce Center was built adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse to house the historic two-page document. Narration by KU alumnus and television journalist Bill Kurtis.

Naismith’s Original Rules for Basketball

Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketballDid you know that the game of basketball is based on a childhood game called Duck on a Rock? The original rock used by Dr. James Naismith and his friends now resides at the Naismith Museum at the Mill of Kintail.

Learn more about Naismith’s original rules for the game of basketball and how they came to be developed.

Read more about Naismith’s Original Rules.

Read more about the History of Basketball.

Check out The Kansas City Star’s animated video on the original rules of Basketball!!

James Naismith’s original 13 rules of basketball: Can you name them?


Poster Competition for the 125th Anniversary of the Game of Basketball


Sponsored by

The Dr. James Naismith Basketball Foundation

The poster is to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the game of basketball, invented by our own Dr. James Naismith

The first game was played on December 21, 1891

Entries are to be submitted to your school principal by 3:00 p.m. on October 14, 2016

Categories: Grades 1 – 5

                    Grades 6 – 8

Prizes donated by Mill Street Books and the Naismith Foundation

1st, 2nd and 3rd place posters, in each category, will be displayed in downtown Almonte

Foundation mourns the passing of founding member, Allen Rae

Many may not have known Allen Rae personally, but he was a big part of this community even as a non-resident.

Allen (Al) served as the President of the Dr. James Naismith Basketball Foundation for over 10 years, and was one of its founding members in 1989. The Foundation, based right here in Almonte, has been the driving force in keeping James Naismith’s legacy alive, not only in our community, but worldwide. Rae was introduced to Naismith’s story through the sport of basketball, a sport in which he would succeed as an Olympic level referee. After retiring as an official, his move to the Ottawa area prompted Rae to seek out where the roots of the game began, in the humble town of Almonte.

Rae had a passion for the sport of basketball. He is one of 3 Canadians ever to be inducted into the International Basketball Hall of Fame (FIBA) – one being James Naismith himself.  He was touted as bringing the utmost of professionalism to the game, both on and off the court.  Rae concurrently served with the RCMP from 1952 until 1972 where his personality and professionalism led him to be highly regarded by his peers and was considered a unique RCMP ambassador.

Al Rae’s impact on the Canadian sport community was legendary. After leaving the RCMP, he went on to work for Sport Canada and then shifted his focus back to basketball as the Executive Director of Canada Basketball.  He always remained dedicated to his role as a referee, so much so that he founded a non-profit organization (Sports Officials Canada) dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating and acting as a collective voice for Canadian officials in every sport.  These are only a few of Al’s accomplishments, but if he were still here, he’d ask me to stop bragging.

Allen remained humble in his journey. He also remained dedicated to his passion of the sport of basketball fighting to continue to stay involved with the Almonte based Dr. James Naismith Basketball Foundation even while dealing with his ailing health.

Al’s most lasting impression on all of us was his ability to make us smile. He always had a joke or quipy one-liner ready to lighten the mood, or, in the absence of a joke, all he needed to do was flash that boyish grin of his with that twinkle in his eye and it always seemed to do the trick.

We thank you, Al, for your dedication, your friendship and the spirit you always brought to the table, to the court and shared with all of us.

Board members of the Dr. James Naismith Basketball Foundation

*A funeral service will be held in the Sacred Space of the Beechwood National Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa (East of the Vanier Parkway) on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 11 a.m. followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Allen’s memory to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

Photo courtesy of FIBA

Photo courtesy of FIBA

View the NBA’s video on Almonte!

NBA Canada visited the Friendly Town as part of a ongoing initiative called “NBA Cares” in order to contribute to the refurbishment of Almonte’s Augusta Street Park.  NBA Cares and Bell Canada partnered on the project to help top off funds raised by the Almonte (now Mississippi Mills) community.  Please enjoy the video NBA – Almonte and Basketball on the history of how the project came to be and the unfolding of the rest of that story….

125th Anniversary of the invention of the game of basketball

2016 marks the 125th year of the invention of the game of basketball!  The Foundation, along with other partners throughout Canada, are working together to plan a celebration lasting the entire year.  Keep checking our site for updates on upcoming events!

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November 13, 2016 – Happy Birthday James!  A birthday party hosted in the town of Mississippi Mills (Almonte) free for children ages 6 to 9.

February 8, 2016 – YMCA releases “It Starts Here“; a story on how the game can support and empower people.

January 3, 2016 – The World Slamdunk Showdown:


Naismith Coin for sale in the e-Store

Naismith coin for sale from the Naismith Basketball FoundationThis limited edition coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr. James Naismith was designed and minted by Alliance Coin & Banknote here in Mississippi Mills.

Measuring 1.25 inches in diameter, the coin is minted from brass and nickel. The municipal $4 token was issued in 2011 and accepted by participating outlets during the anniversary year.

The token comes in a protective sleeve with artwork depicting the emblem of the Town of Mississippi Mills, the modern municipality which includes Ramsay Township, Almonte and Pakenham.

Click here to purchase your Naismith coin.