Play Basketball Day - December 2
Fri, Dec 2, 2022

Play Basketball Day

Play Basketball Day is celebrated on December 2 in America. This is a great day for exercise and fun! The most popular sport found a response in the hearts of people for whom it has become an important part of life. Why not mark the date?


The holiday is dedicated to the birthday of Jamesa Naismitha – it was he who invented the game that has penetrated into world culture. The man worked at a college founded by the Youth Christian Organization. He performed his work with great zeal: he knew how to interest the guys, he came up with an extraordinary presentation of exercises. He taught several disciplines: gymnastics and human anatomy.

In the summer it was easy to keep the students busy – classes were often held outside, hiking was organized. In winter, it was problematic to do this: you had to sit in the hall. However, the students lost all interest, then the director asked to come up with something to raise the spirits of the guys. James was not taken aback and came up with the game of basketball! Some believe that he was inspired by the game for children “duck on the rock”: according to the rules, you need to throw a small stone at a large one in order to knock it down. And all this is top notch.

Naismitha saw that the participants were trying to put a box instead of a gate. Then he divided the guys into 2 teams and offered to get into the box. Witnesses said that the final rules were invented in a few hours, after which the idea was honed and brought to perfection. It’s great that it happened, and now we can enjoy the game!

Interesting facts

Did you know that basketball:

  • for many years of development has not changed;
  • before World War II, it was known exclusively in America, and only after that it spread throughout the world;
  • became an Olympic sport in 1936;
  • created not only for tall people – there are playing athletes with a height below 170 cm. By the way, the tallest basketball player in the world had a height of 245 cm: his name was Suleiman Ali Nashnun, he represented Libya.

How to celebrate

Gather with friends, visit the hall or an open area for a basketball game. Come to the match of your favorite teams or watch on TV. Learn more about the game and share information with others.

When is Play Basketball Day celebrated in 2022?

Play Basketball Day is observed on December 2 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday December 2 2022
Saturday December 2 2023
Monday December 2 2024
Tuesday December 2 2025
Wednesday December 2 2026