In 1802, a group of American settlers in the colony of South Carolina decided to form a team to compete in the 1819 Olympics.
That team would become the New York City Basketball Association, or N.Y.C.B. The team, named the New York State Athletic Association, would eventually become one of the most successful teams in professional sports, including the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Pelicans and the New Jersey Devils.
Its most famous players included future NBA MVP Larry Bird and current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
By the early 19th century, the N.N.A.A., or New York National Athletic Association had established itself as a formidable competitor in the game.
When the United States entered the Civil War, the American Basketball Association (AA) was formed to take the place of the N,N.B., after the N was renamed the New Brunswick N.B.-A.
In 1871, the AA played in the first Olympic games in the U.S. since the 1851 Olympics in Paris.
The following year, the Association became a full member of the IOC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The next year, it became a member of both the U,S.
and European Olympic delegations.
After the Olympics, the IAAF would continue to hold tournaments, with the first being in 1900.
In the years that followed, the organization played host to many of the world’s greatest athletes, including world-renowned sprinter Michael Phelps, who was the first black American to compete at the Olympics.
The American Basketball Federation also played host in the Olympic games of the 20th century and played a crucial role in the development of American sport.
The first two Olympic Games were held in 1904 and 1908, and the UAB was one of two teams that won the men’s national championships in the 1904 and 1907 Olympics.
The AA also played an important role in establishing the International Amateur Athletic Union (IAA), the first professional sports organization to operate in the world outside the United Kingdom.
During World War II, the United Nations awarded the AA its first gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, in which it was one half of the victorious squad that was sent to the United State to compete.
In 1940, the AAA was renamed The United States Basketball Association.
The U.A.-ABA was formed in 1942.
Today, the two-time champions of the AA have won championships in women’s basketball, baseball and hockey.
In sports that were previously not recognized by the NCAA, such as soccer, the USAA has been able to expand its membership to include a diverse cross section of athletes from all over the world.