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KU Hosts Grand Opening for Building Housing Naismith's Original Basketball Rules

Courtesy of KU Memorial Unions

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Grand opening festivities are planned for a new center built to house James Naismith's original rules of basketball on the University of Kansas' Lawrence campus. The celebration is planned for today (SAT) for the $21.7 million donor-funded DeBruce Center, which was completed in May. It's the permanent home for "The Original 13 Rules of Basket Ball," which Naismith wrote in 1891. Besides the rules themselves, the celebration will include family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon animals and games. Artifacts from the university's archives relating to the lives of James Naismith and famed coach Forrest "Phog" Allen also will be on display. Because the game was originally played using peach baskets, the cafeteria will follow that theme by offering specials such as peach tea. The Booth Hall of Athletics and the James Naismith court in Allen Fieldhouse will be open for viewing. Authors Scott Novosel, Greg Hardin, and Kevin Willmott will be signing copies of their books and DVDs during scheduled times throughout the event.

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