By Ryan Baker

CHICAGO (CBS)–Instead of buzzer beaters or busted brackets, inspiring home and instilling confidence is what makes this March Madness special.

The Chicago Area Alternative Education League, or CAAEL, held its 41st annual state basketball tournament for at-risk and special needs students over the weekend.

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CBS 2 sports photo journalist Marcus Richardson captured the fun in Arlington Heights.


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