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BASKETBALL

The game of basketball was invented in 1891 by Canadian James Naismith while he was working as a physical education instructor for the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. An article in the November 16, 1906 Newmarket Era reports that basketball was becoming a source of amusement for girls in the area. The earliest documentary evidence for organized basketball in Aurora appears in an Aurora Banner article dated October 18th, 1911 which recounts a game between the high school teams of Richmond Hill and Aurora. The high school girls reached champion status in 1913 and would continue to hold onto the title for the next ten years. Considering its origin as a physical education activity it makes sense that basketball quickly became a popular high school sport. 
YORK NORTH BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 
The York North Basketball Association (YNBA) was established in 2009 as the result of an amalgamation of the York Region Avengers Rep Club, East Gwillumbury Huskies Rep Club, and Newmarket Basketball Club. The YNBA represents Aurora and neighbouring townships offering a strong basketball presence for the region as a whole.

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