Rockford Industrial Athletic Association – R. I. A. A.
Organized in 1910 (1909-1910 season)
The oldest and largest group of its kind in the nation
Basketball, the first sport organized, was dropped in the 1940’s
The charter members were the Ashburn Company, Andrews Wire and Iron Works, and Rockford Mitten and Hosiery Company
In 1913-14, the group split into Commercial and Factory leagues
Source: Rockford Register, 12/24/1955, Rockford Public Library’s “Rockfordiana” files, “Sports – 1”