Tuesday, February 10, 2015

KCKCC's Naismith presentation a success; more courses on Kansas leaders to come

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Dr. James Naismith was the focus of the first class Kansas City Kansas Community College continuing Education presented on past leaders of Kansas and more topics are to come.

The presentation, which was Feb. 5, was led by historical reenactor Bill Hicks. Topics included the history of basketball, including the reason Naismith developed the game - a class project to provide physical exercise between football and baseball. It was never expected to become the “game” it is today.

The next class in KCKCC’s series will be on Wilbur Wright, one of the men who invented the first airplane.

Once again, a historical reenactor will speak on the Wright brothers path to inventing the airplane and how Wilbur Wright almost drowned on his way to the Kitty Hawk. Information will also be given as to why Wilbur and Orville’s sister, Katherine, is sometimes considered the “third” Wright brother.

The class is at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in Room 3625 on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. Tuition is $10. However, the first five individuals who register will get in for just $5.

“I had a great time listening to the historical reenactment of Dr. James Naismith presented by Bill Nicks,” said Brian Patrick, director of cultural outreach at KCKCC. “Bill made the character of Dr. Naismith come alive. It was like you were listening to Dr. Naismith himself telling stories about his life. Mr. Nicks remained in character even during the question and answer period so we were able to get opinions from the creator of basketball about modern developments such as the shot clock and dunking. The entire evening was both entertaining and educational. I highly recommend these presentations to everyone, students and public alike.”

For more information on the classes in this program or to register, call KCKCC Continuing Education at 913-288-7660.