The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), in conjunction with the Atlantic City Board of Education, on Oct. 4 announced the commencement of the 26th annual “MAAC Gives Back” community outreach program in Atlantic City.

This year-round program pairs Atlantic City students with women’s and men’s basketball student-athletes and coaches from the 11 MAAC core member institutions.

The MAAC Basketball Championships will be played at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City from March 10-14, 2020. This five-day event will feature the league basketball championships, ESports Championship, MAAC Fan Fest, MAAC Band Jam, MAAC ‘n Cheese Fest, Spirit Squad Showcase and much more.

The 26th annual “MAAC Gives Back” community outreach program includes curriculum involving reading, writing, statistics, geography, art projects and related subjects.

Teachers use the program to motivate students and stress the importance of sports, team activities, doing well in school and good decision-making. Along with the popular “pen pal” program, there is also a MAAC Essay Contest for first-to-fourth grades and fifth-to eighth grades.

The partnership with the Atlantic City Board of Education kicked off on Friday, Oct. 4 when Saint Peter’s University women’s basketball head coach Marc Mitchell, former NBA first-round draft pick and Saint Peter’s men’s basketball assistant coach John Morton and Saint Peter’s players visited the district’s Texas Avenue School.