Valvrojenski, Senda

Born: Mar 19, 1868 AD
Died: 1954 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Educators


1868 - Born on March 19th in Butryrmantsy, Russian Empire. American educator and sportswoman who created and successfully promoted a form of women's basketball played in schools for nearly three-quarters of a century.

1875 - The Valvrojenski family immigrated to the United States, adopting the name Berenson and settling in Boston.

1890 - She entered the Boston Normal School of Gymnastics and soon found her physical condition much improved.

1892 - She joined the staff of Smith College as a teacher of physical training.

         - Berenson's major contribution to women's physical education, however, was her devising of women's basketball, a modified version of the men's game that she introduced at Smith after reading of James Naismith's invention of the game in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts.

1895 - Her teaching emphasized the Swedish gymnastics she had learned at the Boston school and fencing.

1897 - She studied advanced fencing at the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics in Stockholm.

1901 - She initiated the introduction of field hockey at Smith.

1911 - Berenson left Smith upon her marriage to Herbert V. Abbott, a professor of English.

1921 - She was director of physical education at a private girls' school until this year.

1954 - Died on February 16th in Santa Barbara, California.
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