Question: What institution was instrumental in popularizing basketball?
The Catholic Church
James Naismith created basketball in a gym at Springfield College, then known as the International YMCA training school. After the YMCA’s first public match in 1892, basketball spread through its global network, then to colleges, and finally led to the formation of a professional league in 1898. In the mid-1970s, the YMCA partnered with the NBA to create the Youth Basketball Association.
The Answer: The correct answer is YMCA.