Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes recently visited the Dr. James Naismith Memorial Museum in Almonte, Ontario, donating Globetrotter memorabilia to the museum’s collection.
Buckets toured Naismith’s life and times showcase and Duck on a Rock. The “Duck on a Rock” artifact was the original stone used to play a game that inspired basketball. When asked to create an activity to help YMCA students pass the time between other sports seasons, Naismith looked to this childhood pastime to help create the iconic sport of basketball – now played in more than two hundred countries.
“Having the opportunity to visit Almonte, which is the birthplace of Dr. James Naismith, was the experience of a lifetime. Finding out that he only had two weeks to come up with a game that has lasted over 120 years is truly captivating. A true pioneer, a true innovator and an inspirational icon is what I witnessed as I looked at all the details inside the museum,” said Buckets.
The Harlem Globetrotters were proudly inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in 2002. The Dr. James Memorial Museum is located just around the corner from Naismith’s childhood home.
The Globetrotters are scheduled to play at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario (just a short drive from Almonte), on Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. Find tickets here.