photo by Jon McGruffin

Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) recently teamed up with the City of Carlsbad Recreation Department to host its annual Mini March Madness Basketball Tournament at Poinsettia Elementary School. The event saw a lot of support from the Carlsbad community, and many parents came out to support their students and cheer for the players. Local Carlsbad residents such as George Beck, whose granddaughters Ava and Alexa Mikeska attend Magnolia Elementary School, also contributed time and effort to coach and prepare for weeks ahead of the event. The CUSD and City of Carlsbad hope that events like this will teach Carlsbad students the T.R.U.S.T. code of ethics, which stands for “Teaching Respect, Unity, and Sportsmanship through Teamwork.” The teams were comprised of fifth grade boys and girls teams from all nine elementary schools in the CUSD: Aviara Oaks, Buena Vista, Calavera Hills, Hope, Jefferson, Kelly, Magnolia, Pacific Rim, and Poinsettia. Medals were distributed to each of the winning boys and girls team’s players and a perpetual trophy was presented to the winning schools.