Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (Hardcover)
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Taking over a rowdy gym class right before winter vacation is not something James Naismith wants to do at all. The last two teachers of this class quit in frustration. The students--a bunch of energetic young men--are bored with all the regular games and activities. Naismith needs something new, exciting, and fast to keep the class happy...or someone's going to get hurt. His only resources are a gymnasium, a couple peach baskets, some soccer balls, and his imagination. Saving this class is going to take a genius. Discover the true story of how Naismith invented basketball in 1891 at a school in Springfield, Massachusetts.
About the Author
John Coy has written several books for children, including "Top of the Order" and "Love of the Game". He spends much of his time as a writer-in-residence at elementary schools. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.