Akron organization uses the game of chess to reach, help at-risk kids

Posted at 2:09 PM, Apr 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 08:37:44-04

A life-size chess board at Emmanuel in Akron is teaching kids about more than just the game.

Be Someone founder Orrin Hudson spent his Saturday afternoon teaching kids about the game of chess, life choices and staying strong. He said he understand what it's like to be one of those kids who needs some help.

"A white teacher in an all-black high school taught me chess and it saved my life," Hudson said. "I’m a former gang member, I was in and out of foster home, and he taught me chess and it changed the trajectory of my life. I’m living my dream because a man believed in me before my belief kicked in."

"So what I wanted to do was figure out how can I give back and help try to reach some of these kids," said Troy Rackley, the organizer of the event.

Organizers say as in life, every move made on the chess board has consequences, just like in life.