Governor declares Kansas ‘Cradle of Basketball’

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a proclamation describing Kansas as the “Cradle of Basketball” and praising the three teams from the state playing in the NCAA men’s tournament.

Brownback signed the proclamation Thursday, a day before Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State all play their opening games in St. Louis. The proclamation designates Friday as “Cradle of Basketball” Day.

Many Kansans like to think of basketball as being perfected in their state.

James Naismith invented the game in Springfield, Mass., in 1891, but arrived at the University of Kansas in 1898 to teach physical education and serve as the university’s first basketball coach.

Brownback said he issued the proclamation to remind people of the state’s rich basketball history.

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