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Léon Bouffard (Switzerland)
Born on June Saturday, 1893, in in Geneva, Switzerland.

Enshrined as a contributor in the FIBA Hall of Fame on March Thursday, 2007.


  • Member of the ""Genève-Ville"" Physical Education Section: from 1900 onwards
  • Preliminary school teacher: 1912-1927
  • Chief monitor of physical education: from 1913 onwards
  • Swiss Champion of pole-vault: 1914
  • Physical education instructor: 1927-1934
  • Technical President of the Geneva Gymnasts
  • Fell in love with basketball, when he attended a game between the YMCA and Foyer de Charvieu: 1928
  • Introduced basketball in the physical education sections and in the Geneva schools: 1929
  • Founder and President of the Association Cantonale Genevoise de Basketball (Basketball Association of Geneva's Canton): 1929
  • Organizer of the I Scholar Basketball Tournament (with 50 participating teams): 1930
  • Founder and President of the Fédération Suisse de Basketball (Swiss Basketball Federation): 1929
  • Co-Founded FIBA on 18th June 1932, in Geneva, Switzerland
  • President of FIBA: 1932-1948
  • Inspector of physical education in the Geneva cantonal schools: 1934-1957
  • Organizer of the 1st FIBA European Championship of 1935, in Geneva
  • Organizer of the 4th FIBA European Championship of 1946, in Geneva
  • Honorary President of FIBA: since 1948