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Original basketball rules being sold by Naismith family

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The original rules of basketball will be up for sale in December.

The pages used by James Naismith to write the first basketball rules will be auctioned off Dec. 10 at Sotheby's in New York.

Naismith, a physical education teacher at a college in Springfield, Mass., devised the game in the late 1890s to give his students something to do during the winter months.

The two pages he hung in the school's gym for reference are expected to go for over $2 million.

Naismith's grandson, Ian Naismith, says proceeds of the sale will benefit the Naismith Basketball Foundation, a charity that promotes sportsmanship around the world. He says the foundation helps educate children, and funds orphanages and youth services.

Naismith says his grandfather invented basketball with young people in mind, so it's only fitting that they get the most benefit from the sale.

The economy has hurt the foundation's finances and Naismith believes his grandfather - the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas - would approve of using the rules to help others.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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