March Madness

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As we celebrate and enjoy the game of basketball this month, it’s fun to look back at some of the pictures of YMCA basketball, beginning with its creator, James Naismith, as seen below.

Naismith holding basketball with signature

At Naismith’s feet you can see the peach baskets which were originally used as the baskets in the game.

kid Y basketball game

Thousands of kids have learned to play the game through the YMCA since then.

Through the years, pick-up games of basketball have been a noon-time staple at the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA.

Pick up game - Downtown Y
A pick-game from the 70s-80s at the Downtown Y.
shirts & skins game
Shirts & Skins Game from 2003

Bball pick up game, 2010Downtown YMCA pick up gamePick-up games of today at the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA gym.


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Welcome to the blog celebrating the 120-year history of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. In this blog, we will have information for those interested in history, Fort Worth or the YMCA – month by month, decade by decade.

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