Julianna D.

Red Deer, Alberta

Central Alberta Heritage Schools Fair

"Basketball RULES"

I had a display about basketball, including an overview of the history of basketball, rules, and location of the current leagues mapped out on a globe.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned how easy it is to make a team of people and play a game of basketball. I learned that there are many leagues in the world. Another unique fact I learned is that Naismith was also a National Guard Chaplain with the First Kansas Infantry Regimen. He taught his soldiers basketball to control their excess energy. His effort helped increase soldiers' morale and even lowered the rate of disciplinary actions among soldiers.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned how fun sports can be and that from one small idea you can create a worldwide sport. I learned more about the Canadian who invented basketball, James Naismith. I also learned to never give up, as Michael Jordan was cut from his varsity Laney High School basketball team, but with determination he went on to be one of the greatest players so far.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

For the women playing basketball at the local level there is not much difference in opportunity. There are still only 2 National female leagues, compared to over 50 male National leagues. The equipment and uniforms have improved over time. Now female and male teams are part of most school programs. Our school only started a basketball team for grade 5, two years ago. I am really happy about that because I got to play and learn the sport. I look forward to next year.