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Original rules of basketball go to be auctioned for charity

Thursday, October 28, 2010 | 7:40 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — The original rules of basketball will be up for sale in December.

The pages used by James Naismith to write the first basketball rules in Springfield, Mass., will be auctioned off Dec. 10 at Sotheby's in New York. The two pages are expected to go for millions of dollars.

Naismith's grandson, Ian Naismith, says proceeds of the sale will benefit the Naismith Basketball Foundation, a charity that promotes sportsmanship around the world. He says the foundation helps educate children and funds orphanages and youth services.

Naismith says his grandfather invented basketball with young people in mind, so it's only fitting that they get the most benefit from the sale.

The economy has hurt the foundation's finances and Naismith believes his grandfather — the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas — would approve of using the rules to help others.


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