For the past 8 years, Mark Allen Hanrahan has served as the managing partner at Markmel Company, LLC, where he helps provide seed funding to startup companies. Outside of his professional endeavors, Mark Allen Hanrahan supports the YMCA.
In late 2016, the YMCA celebrated the 125th anniversary of the first-ever basketball game, which was held in one of its facilities in 1891. A gym instructor at the YMCA Training School, Dr. James Naismith received a request from Luther Gulick, one of the YMCA’s program directors. Gulick wanted Naismith to develop a game that could be played during the winter season to keep local students in good athletic shape and challenge them.
To meet the request, Naismith attached two peach baskets to a raised running track at a YMCA center and created 13 rules. Basketball was born. Since then, notable cultural icons such as Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and others have played basketball at the YMCA. The organization continues to offer youth and adult basketball programs across the country.