Michael Jordan fans can go and score baskets in the world's oldest basketball hall. For the 37th edition of European Heritage Days, the UCJG association’s gymnasium, the YMCA Union de Paris opens to the public. This is here than in 1893 the first basketball game in Europe took place. Meet in Paris 9th arrondissement on September 19 and 20, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to enter these fantastic sport facilities. And do not forget to discover the "Le Jeu favori de ces jeunes filles" [These young ladies' favorite game] exhibition.
The "Le jeu favori de ces jeunes filles" exhibition reminds us that from 1892, girls took over this new sport created to avoid violent contacts and improve team spirit in a teaching way. Created based on remarkable pieces from the first years of basketball, the exhibition focuses on female basket and how it is represented.
For the record, the gym has been used as Eddy de Pretto's Normal videoclip background.
For the story, YMCA Union Paris is a student residence and an activity center inaugurated in 1893. This gymnasium shows with its architecture “the innovative teaching skills of the YMCA in the fields related to the body, the soul and the spirit” in order to “favor the social insertion and the thriving of the young people”. A sport center also listed as historic monument for “the originality and rarity of the program of this social, teaching and sport premise inspired by the YMCA’s American models”.
European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:
And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:
Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 20 September 2020
YMCA Union de Paris
14 Rue de Trévise
75009 Paris 9
Métro ligne 7 station "Cadet", ligne 8 et 9 station "Grands Boulevards"