Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson’s Be Someone Inc. organization (www.BeSomeone.org) is all about helping young people succeed by making the right moves in life. Need proof? Here is one testimonial to the program that is in the business of saving young lives.
Student Aaron Porter explains, “My dad came home from prison during the summer, he came at me, and we got into it. I ended up pulling out a knife on him, nearly killing him. When the judge offered me a chance to participate in this special ‘school-based’ project instead of going into the system, I jumped at the opportunity. That special project was teaching kids how to play chess – how every move counts. Participating in this project, I was taught how to use chess to make strategic life decisions. While in the project, we traveled to Augusta, GA to participate in the State Chess Championship. We won! Today, I am successful because of chess and my mentor Orrin Hudson.”
The mission of Be Someone is to build character, hope, and inspiration so that kids can set and achieve lifetime goals, realize their full potential, and to be someone. Their motto, “Making Every Move Count,” refers to the belief that success in chess and success in life require the same fundamentals, including concentration, self-esteem, problem solving skills, and discipline. Be Someone teaches kids the practical skills and techniques to overcome obstacles in life, illustrated through the best and most intellectual visual aid: the chessboard.
The organization is already making a change, but to continue to make that change a reality, Orrin needs as many people as possible to help him make the Black Celebrities Challenged to Help At-Risk Youth initiative successful so that they can help other countless youth to participate in the program.
How some Black celebrities have already helped:
Hudson says, “Tyler Perry paid for our parking lot at our training center. Monica Kaufman featured me on her radio show KISS 104.1 for two hours, and helped me get registrations for our summer camp. And Tom Joyner featured me on his show, and invited me to his annual Family Reunion which helped us develop relationships with other Black influentials.” He emphasizes, “But we really need more people to help us together we can achieve the extraordinary!”
Make an online donation:
Donations can be made via their GoFundMe campaign at www.gofundme.com/24cymzg. This GoFundMe page is dedicated to raising the funds necessary for Hudson to reach the areas that need him the most – urban areas full of at risk youth. They have trained over 55,000 students and their goal is 1 million.
* a $197 donation pays for one kid to learn chess in a 5-day leadership camp
* a $200 donation pays for 20 chess boards
* a $500 donation pays for a training location and 3 instructors
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 , Total Page Views: 718
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