MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
Have you ever been given a gift that you could never repay? I know I have. So what do you do in that situation. In the past I often hear that some folks want to "pay it forward" and bless the person without being known. Some seek to honor the gift giver by "paying it backward" and blessing a cause that was/is close to the gift givers heart. Either way, both possess honor in doing good. Which reminds me of a meaningful quote by Stanfield: You cannot do all the good the world needs...But the world needs all the good you can do.
I would like to introduce you to someone who was given a gift in the form of creating a game, which provided a platform for a very unique legacy: his name is Dr. James Naismith. The gift he was given was the game of basketball and his legacy is providing motivation to leave this world a better place for being here. His gift to us has changed the planet. Many have said "basketball provided me a great opportunity to build relationships with others", "being on that team had a great influence on me", "I was afforded a college education because of the game" and "I was headed down a dark road, but then basketball saved my life". So I ask you, how has the game touched your life?
Today we choose to honor Dr. Naismith by creating the ultimate team which becomes a Movement: to leave this world a better place. We take that charge seriously and built upon Dr. Naismith's game to create several projects that have great influence on lives of young people and those who touch their lives through the sport. Will you please take several minutes to review the One Gift, One Game, One Legacy Campaign and find ways to honor the legacy of Dr. Naismith? Maybe you can be one of those gift givers and become a teammate of the Naismith Movement. We would love for you to join us and the Naismith family as we honor Dr. Naismith along the way!
Below is a description of Naismith Legacy Giving and the projects that funds raised from the One Game, One Life, One Legacy will be used for.
CEO, Naismith Legacy Giving
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Who We Are and What We Do
Naismith Legacy Giving
Naismith Legacy Giving is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to telling the Naismith story and reaching young people through the game of basketball. There are countless stories we have heard from people telling us how basketball changed their lives and in many cases actually saved their lives. We want to continue to impact young people’s lives in a positive way by teaching the positive life principles that Dr. Naismith taught. In doing so, we can carry on his legacy of leaving the world a better place for those who follow us.
We at Naismith Legacy Giving believe the best platform for this movement is through youth sports. It is unfortunate, but there are many messages coming through youth sports that are the wrong message. The win at all cost mentality is not the right approach. We should pursue victory with honor. There is a lack of respect and sportsmanship in youth sports today that must change. Adults sometimes fall into this trap and lose focus of what youth sports should really be about. Parents, coaches and officials, have a responsibility to young players to make sure that we have the proper view and perspective of youth sports so we can teach them the right way to approach their life and competition. How do we do this? We believe it is a grass roots movement as it was back in 1936, when pennies were collected to help pay Dr. Naismith's way to the Olympics, where basketball would be played for the first time. Naismith Legacy Giving is asking for donations for our Charitable Giving organization that will enable us to produce the materials and fund operations for the two programs listed below.
Naismith Legacy Way
Dr. Naismith was a teacher for most of his life, therefore he believed education was important. In addition to teaching topical subjects like Physical Education, he also taught the life skills of good character by consistently using words to make his point. Words like Respect, Integrity, Family, Generosity, Service, Discernment, Honor and 14 others that he based his life on. He not only said the words, he lived by their definition. He modeled them.
We have taken those words and created a small, easy to use booklet that coaches can use with their young players as a teaching tool. The booklets are interactive, asking the players to answer questions, view YouTube videos and engage in discussions that will help them think how to make decisions that will have a positive impact on their lives and others around them.
There are three separate booklets each featuring seven words for a total of 21 words. This provides three years of learning material that coaches and players can use. We are looking for donations to help us produce these booklets so we can give them to basketball coaches in city recreation programs, YMCA league programs and other youth basketball organizations.
The Naismith Tour - Basketball: Its Origin and Development
This is a traveling exhibit showing historical pictures and memorabilia telling the story of Dr. Naismith’s game of basketball. Copies of the Original 13 Rules, pictures of the original gym at the YMCA Training Center where the first game was played, and other interesting displays about the development of the game.
We get requests to bring this Tour to special events ranging from the ACC Conference Championships to local Parks & Recreation and YMCA events. At YMCA’s and local recreation programs we have a program called Naismith Days using the Naismith Legacy Tour as the basis for presenting the story of basketball to players, coaches, officials and parents. As an additional part of the day, we also offer free workshops for Parents, Coaches and Officials to learn how to view youth sports in the 21st century.
This integrates with the Naismith Legacy Way to reach young people, their parents and coaches and try to change the way they view youth sports today. The mixed messages that youth sports is sending today are confusing and we believe we can offer a clear prospective to all of the participants, but we need help to get that done.
The next generation of Naismith's want to carry on the Legacy of Dr. Naismith by reaching out through youth sports to make our young people aware of the man who invented basketball, but more importantly the life he lived to make our world a better place. Our young people are at risk today and our goal is to lessen that risk by offering a solid platform for them to learn. We know that basketball has changed people in a positive way. We want to be proactive rather than reactive. We are not a program that helps kids after they have gotten into trouble. We are a group of people who want to prevent kids from getting into trouble in the first place.
Dr. Naismith did his part during his lifetime to invent a wonderful game and give it as a gift to the world. Now it is our opportunity to make sure that we carry on his legacy by being custodians of his great game and using it as a platform to make this a better place by teaching our young people the great values that are being challenged today.
If not us, who? If not now, when? Grassroots is how this will get accomplished. Will you join us with your support of a gift in any amount?