The Edmonton Grads Google Doodle in U.S and Canada


The Search Engine Google is showing this Doodle
in U.S and Canada for celebrating the Edmonton Grads. The Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball
Club, better known as “The Grads,” started as a high school girls basketball team and
became a sports dynasty. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates The Grads’
induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on this day in 2017. It was a fitting honor for a team that holds
arguably one of the best winning percentages in North America—approximately 95 percent
over 25 years—in any sport. With outstanding sportsmanship and determination,
The Grads also defeated stereotypes that had discouraged women from participating in competitive
sports. Teacher Percy Page started the team in 1914
as a physical education program for the 60 girls at a High School in the Canadian city
of Edmonton. In their first season, they won the provincial
championship, and when some of the graduating seniors indicated that they’d like to continue
playing, Page was inspired to set up The Grads after they graduated in 1915. During the next quarter century, The Grads
went on to win 23 of 24 Provincial Championships and racked up stats that would be the envy
of any team. They went undefeated in the Western Canadian
Championships from 1926 to 1940 and won 29 of 31 games in the Canadian Championships,
never losing a series. After the Grads won the Underwood International
tournament, also known as the “North American championship,” for 17 years straight, tournament
organizers decided to let them keep the trophy permanently. The Grads additionally won seven of nine games
against men’s teams and went unbeaten in 27 exhibition games at four Olympic Games—though
they never won a medal since women’s basketball was not yet an Olympic sport. When The Grads first started, basketball was
a fairly new sport, having been invented in 1891 by Canadian James Naismith. He would later recognize the Grads as “the
finest basketball team that ever stepped out on a floor.”

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