Did you know that the sport of basketball was first introduced to the state of Minnesota right here at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1892? Can you guess who were the first to play the game?
The Northfield Area Family YMCA is honoring history by sharing the story of how Minnesota basketball originated right in our backyard. Learn about how the game of “Basket Ball” was created by James Naismith at the YMCA Training College in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891. Naismith’s friend and roommate, Max Enxer, was a member of the original team and moved to Northfield a year later, bringing the game with him. Click here for the whole story: Exner, Carleton and the YMCA’s Amazing History!
On September 14, 2013, the Northfield Area Family YMCA hosted an event in partnership with the Minnesota Lynx titled “Links to the Past, Lynx to the Future” to honor the past, present and future of Minnesota girls and women’s basketball. Plans are underway to include a permanent display in the soon to be constructed Northfield YMCA community center to feature this fascinating story and honor the Exner Family legacy.
Click play on the video above to see Lindsay Whalen, our home grown Minnesota basketball star, share the origin of Minnesota girls and women’s basketball!
Northfield, home of Carleton College, now has the opportunity to build a YMCA community center. Honoring the Exner family in the new Northfield YMCA is a meaningful way to come full circle with this story – Max J. Exner brought the influence and teachings of the YMCA to Northfield and now the YMCA can celebrate and honor the contributions of Max and his brother Franz in promoting athletics, community and healthy living to all in Northfield.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE THE EXNER LEGACY IN BUILDING A GYMNASIUM IN THE NEW YMCA!
“Volunteers of the Northfield YMCA Capital Campaign have raised approximately $6.1 million dollars, allowing for construction to begin this fall for Phase I of the new community center. An additional $1.5 million dollars in pledges are needed to be able to include Phase II of the community center…a gymnasium!
We invite those who have an appreciation for the history and future of Minnesota basketball to make a contribution to the Northfield YMCA in honor of the Exner family legacy.
Check out these links for coverage of the “Links to the Past, Lynx to the Future” event here: