Friday, April 9, 2010

An Evangelistic Slam Dunk: The Roots of Basketball

"Here’s a good trivia question for you. Which major sport was invented as an evangelistic tool?

The inventor of basketball, James Naismith, became convinced that he stood a better chance of exemplifying the Christian life through sports rather than through preaching. So he took a job as a physical education instructor at the YMCA’s International Training School for Christian Workers in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith’s vision was 'to win men for the Master through the gym.'”

To read more on the evangelistic background of this sport, click here.

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