James Naismith would have been proud!

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by Noreen Young

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   It was a perfect morning for the dedication of James Naismith’s new statue and many turned out for the unveiling of Almonte’s beloved son: the inventor of basketball. The statue depicts an older Dr. Naismith holding a basketball over two peach baskets, the original basketball baskets as introduced in the first games in 1891. The sculptor Eldon Tefft  said that he wanted to show him reflecting on his legacy.

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   Hosted by CTV’s Leanne Cusack, the dedication ceremony offered words and reflections by dignitaries including our MP, Gordon O’Connor, Mississippi Mayor John Levi, Al Rae of the Naismith Basketball Foundation, and two Naismith grandsons, James and Stuart, who had journeyed from the USA to be at the dedication. James, who came the farthest from a town near Corpus Christi, Texas, said that having the same name as his grandfather was a wonderful key for him “It’s neat to have this name in this community. It certainly opens doors!”