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Springfield College

Springfield College is a private, coeducational college located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Springfield College is most famous as the site where the sport of basketball was invented:


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The mission of Springfield College is to educate students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to humanity.
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College History


Founded in 1885, as the Young Men's Christian Association department of the School for Christian Workers in Springfield, the school originally specialized in preparing young men to become General Secretaries of YMCA organizations in a two-year program. In 1887, it added a Physical (i.e. physical education) department. In 1890, it separated from the School for Christian Workers and became the YMCA Training School and in 1891, the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School. In 1895, it became a three-year program. From the first Monday in January 1885 until April 1, 1886, when its first building opened, the School for Christian Workers (now Springfield College) used the rooms of the YMCA in Springfield. The School's leaders determined in December 1884 that $22,500 should be raised to fund the construction of its own building at Armory Hill. At the February 23, 1885 Board meeting, trustees voted to purchase the lot of land on the corner of Sherman and State Streets for $5,500, and a building committee was created to propose a plan for the School for Christian Workers building. By 1895, it owned 30 acres on the outskirts of Springfield, on Lake Massasoit (also known as Water Shops Pond) and had its own gymnasium, plus a dormitory under construction on a high point nearby. Just a few years after opening its doors to the first 18 students in 1885, the YMCA Training School could boast an international reputation as a pioneer in teaching and scholarship related to physical education class, sports medicine, physical therapy, physiology of exercise, biomechanics, wellness, the training of YMCA executives, and many other fields. In 1905, the school became a degree-granting institution. In 1912, it took the name International YMCA College and in 1954, Springfield College.

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The mission of the Office of Student Activities and Campus Union is to actively support the philosophy that student learning and development occur through the activities and programs that take place throughout the co-curriculum. The mission is accomplished by creating the following: Participation in the planning and implementation of diverse social, leadership, cultural, and education programs Involvement in organizations, governing bodies, and class boards Application of classroom theories to real-life situations Acquisition of lifelong skills and interests Contributions to the Springfield College and greater communities



Harold Amos � microbiologist and professor Jeff Blatnick � 1984 Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling Raymond Castellani � did not graduate; actor, activist on Los Angeles' Skid Row John Cena � professional wrestler signed to WWE, was a college football star, a team captain and All-American center, earned a degree in exercise physiology, 1999 Nancy Darsch � Collegiate, Olympic, and WNBA coach W. Dean Eastman � educator (graduate assistant track coach 1974-76, MSE 1976, CAGS 1977) Robert "Bob" Felt � BA Economics 1994, Two-time Ironman Competitor (1999 & 2001), NCAA Lacrosse Player of the Year 1994, Former professional Lacrosse player 1995 � 1997 John Forslund � TV play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL Nancy E. Gary � (ScB 1958) dean of Albany Medical College and Executive Vice President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Dean of its F. Edward H�bert School of Medicine. Dave Gettleman, pro football executive, currently General Manager of the Carolina Panthers Wayne Granger � former Major League Baseball relief pitcher and National League saves leader in 1970 Davis Hart, physician & English channel swimming world record holder, 1972 Don Ho � Hawaiian musician and entertainer (attended for one year) Rusty Jones, strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago Bears Rob Lasorsa: 1982 Track & Field All American - Founder and President of National Throws Coaches Association James Naismith � Canadian faculty member, invented basketball in 1891 Erin Pac � bronze medal winner in bobsled at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Albert I. Prettyman � head coach for 1936 United States Hockey Team in the Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Manuel Rivera-Ortiz � did not graduate; documentary photographer; attended classes at Springfield Colleges as part of the Massachusetts Migrant Education summer program, where he was offered his first courses in photography and film development. Craig Shirley � political consultant and author, associated with Ronald Reagan Steve Spagnuolo � class of 1982, became head coach of the National Football League's St. Louis Rams in 2009 Amos Alonzo Stagg � former head football coach 1890�1891 (International Young Men's Christian Association Training School) Tom Waddell � alumnus, physician and founder of Gay Games Glenn Warner � president of National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1953, head coach of the Naval Academy's men's soccer team from 1942 to 1975 Mike Woicik � former football coach (1978�79) and current coach for the New England Patriots Bill Yorzyk � physician & only USA swimming gold medalist in 1956 Olympics, 200M butterfly