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Valvrojenski, Senda

Born: 1868 AD
Died: 1954 AD
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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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