LaSalle-Backus Education Campus will host one of America’s most successful motivators for inner-city and at-risk youth
Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) â€“ LaSalle-Backus Education Campus principal Dr. Deborah A. Cox is taking an unusual step for her northeast D.C. students. She has invited a chess champion to her school to use the game to provide some special lessons.
Chess guru and founder of â€œBe Someone, Inc.â€ Orrin â€œCheckmateâ€ Hudson, will visit the school April 2 with a particular goal. â€œDr. Cox tells me she is focused on developing practical skills and techniques to overcome many of lifeâ€™s obstacles,â€ he explains. â€œThe game of chess has helped me do just that so I will be sharing my special lessons with these students.â€
Hudson, once an inner-city youth destined for trouble until a teacher taught him the game of chess, has several goals for the LaSalle Backus youngsters. â€œFirst, I hope to piquÃ© their interest. Next, together we are going to turn an after school chess club into national chess contenders,â€ said the motivator Hudson. â€œUsing techniques I have used around the world, I will promote and motivate students to make calculated moves through empowerment – by pushing kings around.â€
According to Dr. Cox, â€œHudsonâ€™s Be Someone movement stresses such ideas as responsibility, thinking before making decisions, and to be champions not only in the game of chess but also in life. A key lesson Orrin teaches is just as there is a consequence for a wrong move on a chess board, there is a consequence for every poor decision we make.â€
â€œI canâ€™t wait to meet these new students,â€ Hudson excitedly explains. â€œThis is what I do. I truly believe a teacher saved my life and Iâ€™m now paying back that debt.â€ The former Alabama state trooper with a determination forged through years of personal challenge, emphatically underlines why he does what he does, â€œTeaching the children to think strategically about their future makes my heart sing.â€
But that’s not the only reason why Hudson is in town. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Headquarters will be honoring Hudson on April 4, 2014 at the J. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20535 at 1:00 p.m. The award is for his service, leadership and his exceptional insight and success in reaching disadvantaged youth through the game of chess. All media and journalists are invited to attend.
About Be Someone
BE SOMEONE is an Atlanta-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on helping youth, particularly at-risk youth, in the community discover their potential and learn the skills necessary to win in any situation. Since BE SOMEONE opened more than a decade ago, thousands of children have proven to themselves and others that they can achieve anything they set their minds to by learning the game of chess. For more information on the BE SOMEONE program, visit www.besomeone.org.
To see Orrin in action, check: www.cnn.com/video/?/video/living/2011/03/06/whitfield.chess.moves.for.life.cnn
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Photo Caption: Orrin C. Hudson (centered) is on a mission to help 1 million inner city youth. He teaches them how to make better decisions in life via the game of chess.