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Help us celebrating the world’s first official World Basketball Day on 21 December 2023!

What World Basketball Day Means

The Bruton Basketball Foundation (BBF) is asking you to support our campaign of Take a shot… Making a shot!

Let’s show how teamwork makes the dream work and celebrate the unifying power of basketball!

Basketball was played for the first time on December 21, 1891 at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, after Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian physical education instructor, developed the game to keep his students active during the winter months.

Today, basketball has grown to become one of the most popular and widely played sports in the world. FIBA, basketball’s governing body, estimates that at least 450 million people worldwide are playing basketball today. Basketball has also been a part of the Olympic program since its introduction at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The concept for World Basketball Day was created by NYU Professor David Hollander in his recent book “How Basketball Can Save the World.” In the book, Hollander argues that basketball can be a powerful force for good in the world, promoting peace, understanding and cooperation.

Professor David Hollander, reached out to the Bruton Basketball Foundation to work in collaboration to celebrate the very first Official United Nations World Basketball Day. On the 25th of August, Professor David went to the UN and worked with 76 Governments and had the UN recognise World Basketball Day.

BBF is a fully volunteer run DGR Charity and we want to make the first world basketball day represent what the game is all about!