In the middle of March Madness, students, parents, staff and friends of two Baltimore City Public Schools played in a basketball tournament of their own.

“It was fun," said Taylor Jones, one of the players and an 8th grader at NACA II. Her brother attends Tunbridge Elementary School.

Ten teams competed in the 3-on-3 tournament, organized by Afya Public Charter Middle and Tunbridge Schools. Both charter schools are run by the board at Afya, which means health in Swahili.

"The tournament supports our mission, which focuses on health and fitness and also creates a family environment, a community environment in our school,” says Will McKenna, Afya's Executive Director.

"This is really fun," said Medina White, parent of two Tunbridge students, who was cheering for her husband, brother and son. "It’s our first year participating and I think it’s an awesome, awesome event."

Younger kids enjoyed face painting, arts and crafts and other activities before hitting the court for a game of their own.

"I look forward to more events like this in terms of getting the community involved with the kids in the near future," said Medina.

"It’s a great way to connect with the community so we’re now trying to make it our staple event each year, “ said Will Smith, Chair of the Family and Community Engagement Committee for Afya's board.

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