"A march from madness, and the evolution of women’s basketball," by Chuck Wright

Mill Creek resident Chuck Wright is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Traumatic Stress Specialist. Photo credit: Karen Brandon.

In 1891 Springfield College PE instructor, James Naismith, invented men’s peach-basketball. Within a few months Senda Berenson brought the game to Smith College, but since women were not suited for men’s style of ball, Berenson modified Naismith’s rules. Berenson believed her gentile basketball codes supported women to be players and ladies too.