Did you know Canada.. it was Canadian James Naismith that invented the sport of Basketball in 1891.
Naismith was born in Almonte Ontario, and studied physical education in Montreal before moving to the United States. There he developed basketball in late 1891 while enrolled at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith was given 14 days to create an indoor game that would provide an "athletic distraction" to a class of unruly students during the winter.
The first game of Basketball consisted of 18 players (9 vs 9), a soccer ball and the hoops were a pair of peach baskets.
Source: naismithmuseum.com, Wikipedia