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Some of the top boys and girls basketball teams in the area will compete Thursday through Saturday at the 19th Baltimore City Public Schools Basketball Academy.

But the games are just part of the three-day event at Morgan State University.

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The academy, open to middle school and high school student-athletes (plus parents, coaches, teachers and school administrators), includes classes on college admissions, social media and SAT prep, among others.

Student-athletes will also visit the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Delta Head Start.

The academy's stated goal is to educate and showcase the talents of inner-city youth basketball players in and around Baltimore. Teams from the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metro area are invited to participate in the tournament.

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The academy debuted in 1997. Since then, more than 10,000 student-athletes have participated and more than $114,000 in scholarship money has been awarded by sponsors, according to the academy's website.

Tickets are $10 a day. Five games are scheduled to be played Thursday, six are scheduled for Friday and nine are scheduled for Saturday.

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