Â Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is making dynamic strides across the country, as he has become a nationally-recognized and highly sought-after motivational teacher, speaker, and mentor. Hudson is the award-winning founder of Be Someone – an Atlanta-based non-profit organization that uses the game of chess to promote self-esteem, responsibility, and analytical thinking among at-risk kids. Just recently, Hudson and his organization were profiled by both comedian Steve Harvey and the CNN network. Steve Harvey recently invited Hudson to speak at his annual Mentoring Weekend For Young Men in Los Angeles – a unique program designed to teach the Principles of Manhood to young men to enable them to become emotionally, politically and economically strong.
Hudson used his signature chess skills and abilities to offer sound advice on the importance of making every move in life count. and other celebrities were also in attendance, and also spoke to the 100+ specially-invited youth to help provide guidance and inspiration to them. And, for the fourth time, CNN has profiled Hudson as a successful mentor who is “taking a bite out of juvenile crime”. The network interviewed him during a segment called “Choose The News”, whereas viewers can vote and decide which story they would like to see – after hearing a brief preview. By overwhelming demand, CNN viewers wanted to see the story of Hudson and his amazing ability to change the lives of kids through the game of chess. The interview aired several times, and can be viewed online at the following link:
Â http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2011/03/06/whitfield.chess.moves.for.life.cnn Hudson’s program is very successful and impactful; He has trained more than 20,000 students, and his lifetime goal is to reach one million youngsters before he turns over the responsibility to others coming behind him. He is a believer in the “paying it forward concept.” He explains, “I was once a young know-it-all teenager in Alabama and I was on the road to destruction and possibly even a premature death,” he readily admits. “But I had a teacher who saw potential in me, and he taught me the game of chess – showing me that there are consequences for every move I make on the chessboard. This helped me to realize that I could be someone, if only I chose the right moves in my life.”