Senda Berenson Abbott

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Senda Berenson Abbott


Class of 1999


• Often referred to as "the mother of women's basketball"

• Pioneered women's basketball as director of physical education at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

• Modified the original rules of "Basket Ball", invented by Dr. James Naismith at the International YMCA Training School (now Springfield College), for her female classes as a means of exercise, stressing socialization and cooperation rather than competition

• Served as Chairperson of the Women's Basketball Committee for 12 years

• Authored and developed the first basketball guide for women


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