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Chess Inspires Inner-City Kids To "Be Someone"

 

HOUSTON -- International motivational speaker and author of "One Move at a Time," Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson, challenges students to make the right moves. His message is, "Think it out, talk it out, work it out, play it out, but don't shoot it out." Orrin is a chess champion and will use the game as a training tool to teach life mastery skills to students in Houston, Texas. He has inspired over 20,000 students around the globe and as part of a national tour he will participate in several school assemblies to inspire students to make the right moves.

Hudson founded Be Someone, a crime prevention educational program, in 2001 after five restaurant employees were killed in a robbery for $2,000.00. His goal is to teach students that real cash is kash with a K. His innovative "KASH is King" philosophy spells success for students by emphasizing K for Knowledge, A for Attitude, S for Skills and H for Habits. His students walk away with increased self-motivation, a greater desire to excel in school and a marked improvement in their GPA. Students also learn teamwork and the importance of community involvement.

Bob Bare, President-elect for the Dallas North Rotary Club, invited Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson to Dallas on Monday to inspire kids at E.B. Comstock Middle School to make the right moves. Bob is committed to helping kids in the community and is raffling off two tickets to Super Bowl XLV, a flatscreen and a $1000.00 jewelry gift certificate to support the Dallas North Rotary Club and Be Someone.

Orrin Hudson has proven how learning to play chess helps young people to think for themselves and make smarter decisions through improved pattern recognition and concentration. "Chess teaches people to look at problems from different perspectives, and to think before making a move. Every move one makes has consequences, either positive or negative," says Hudson. "In that respect, it's exactly like life. Winning reinforces the good choices one makes, while losing provides an opportunity for one to learn from mistakes. Get in the game and join us. Evil prevails when good people do nothing. You can be a part of changing the world one move at a time."

Founded by Orrin Hudson, Be Someone (http://www.besomeone.org) is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that works with at-risk kids, helping them to build productive, fulfilling futures. Hudson and his work with Be Someone have been featured nationally in People Magazine and the CBS Early Morning Show and recognized with numerous awards. He is a two-time winner of World Open Speed Chess and has coached students to win state-wide and city-wide chess championships.

 


STORY TAGS: BLACK, AFRICAN AMERICAN, MINORITY, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, NAACP, URBAN LEAGUE, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY

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