JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A public charter school in Jackson has a new basketball program, thanks to a pair of teachers who are showing students how learning goes beyond the classroom.

Head Coach Jordan Crump and Iquez Common are first year teachers at Midtown Public Charter School along I-55. The duo met at the Jackson school, and with the help from the community, they kickstarted the school’s first basketball program just this year.

It’s been a long time coming to get an athletic program like this up and running, and the students that make up nearly 300 in this Jackson Charter School said they are excited to see where the team goes.

Tyler Bradford is keeping a positive outlook. He says, “It doesn’t matter if we win or lose. Even if we lose, it’s a game to reflect off, and we do better the next time.”