Why Was Basketball Invented?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 1, 2020 1:38:10 PM ET

Basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith as the result of a challenge by Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick, the director of the physical education department at the YMCA International Training School in Massachusetts. Gulick was looking for an indoor activity that would be interesting and easy to learn and play during the winter.