WALDORF, Md. - A Waldorf, Maryland middle school has found a way to teach students responsibility both on and off the basketball court.
Nearly 100 students are part of the first boys' basketball league at Mattawoman Middle School-- but there's a catch. This isn't just a fun pick-up game. If they want to play, students have to earn their way in.
In order to play in the "MBA," students must manage a weekly commitment contract, which their teachers have to sign each week. It's part of a school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program that ties personal responsibility and academic achievement to a school-based reward.
FOX 5 photojournalist Don Watrud takes you court side with the MBA to see how it works and what lessons these young players are taking away from the game. Watch the video above.