Do you like sports? How bigger of a fan you are? Lets say this, there’s fans, then there’s University of Kansas basketball fans, then there’s Josh.
This is the story of Josh Swade and is true passion for is Kansas JayHawks.
Lets pull back the cord a little and start from the beginning.
In 1891, James Naismith, a Canadian physical instructor, created a sport with the intention do be less injury –prone than football, this game was called basketball.
Being an organized sport, a set of rules were created. To be exact, 13 rules, the first basketball rules. This new sport – basketball – change the sports world forever.
Naismith brought the sport to the Kansas University, where some consider the birthplace of the modern game, becoming one of the power houses of American college basketball, entering is 115º season, having only in its history 8 coaches.
Naismith was the first basketball coach at Kansas University.
If you walk around the campus at Kansas University, you see that Naismith is everywhere, the road the leads to the Allen Fieldhouse (named after Dr. Forrest C. “Phog” Allen that coached KU for 39 years) is called Naismith drive, a few blocks from the grave of Naismith.
So how does Josh Swade get in the story?
This hardcore Jawhawks fan one day was at is home when he read that the original document, for the 13 rules written by James Naismith, were going to be auctioned at the famous auctioneer Sotheby’s, in is own words “I found my life’s calling” to bring the original rules to the Allen Fieldhouse and the Kansas University.
So far so good!
But Josh found himself with a very particular problem, that the rules could go for sale for 3 million dollars or even more.
There are fans, then there’s University of Kansas basketball fans, then there’s Josh.
Josh started a personal quest around America to get support to bring the rules back home where they belong.
Hence, he spent his own money and spoke with former Kansas players. Furthermore, reached ex-alumni from Kansas University that were wealthy, with the utmost goal of collecting enough people to be present at the auctioned and buy the rules back.
Now comes the Hollywood part of this real story. The word spread that Duke University intended to buy the same document and keep it in a drawer.
So, imagine if the first jersey wore by Magic Johnson with the Los Angles Lakers was bought by the Boston Celtics; if the “La Bombonera” (the mythic Boca Juniores soccer stadium, Argentina) began as the house of the long life rivals River Plate; if the statue of former great basketball serbian legend Drazen Petrovich was stolen by the Serbian federation. All together will be not enough of what means the rivalry between this 2 teams.
So Josh continued his pursuit among the K.U. boosters and big time donors, because he started to understanding that he would need more than 3 million dollars to bring the original rules back home – to the Allen Fieldhouse.
Like any fairy tail story, Josh found an hero. Someone that could complete is dream, is “life’s calling”.
His name was David Both, him and is family lived in 1931 Naismith Drive, just south from the Allen Fieldhouse. As a young student, he earned a bachelor´s degree in economics from Kansas!
This Jayhawks fan saw the same vision that Josh had, and on December 10 of 2010, the 13 original rules of basketball, written by hand from James Naismith himself, were sold for 4,34 millions of dollars and brought back to Kansas University.
All of this was part of the effort of one men, Josh Swade, and is deep passion for is Kansas University Jayhwaks.
And all is finish like how it started: Do you like sports? How bigger of a fan are you?