William G. Morgan was born in 1870.
He was the inventor of volleyball, originally called "Mintonette".
He was born in Lockport, New York, USA.
He met James Naismith, inventor of basketball, while Morgan was studying at Springfield College, Massachusetts in 1892
. Like Naismith, Morgan pursued a career in Physical Education at the YMCA (YMCA stands for Young Men's Christian Association).
Influenced by Naismith and basketball, in 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Morgan invented "Mintonette" a less vigorous team sport more suitable for older members of the YMCA but one that still required athletic skill. Later Alfred S. Halstead watched Mintonnette and re-named it "Volleyball" as the point of the game is to "volley" the "ball" back and forth over the net.
Morgan died in 1942. An elementary school in Holyoke, William Morgan School, bears his name.
Beach Volleyball or Sand Volleyball is similar to Indoor Volleyball. Beach Volleyball evolved in Hawaii in 1915. Beach Volleyball is governed by Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) organization. Beach Volleyball debuted as an exhibition game in 1992 Olympic. Olympic Beach Volleyball will be contested from Saturday 28th July to Thursday 9th August during 2012 Olympic London.
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