According to Florida Policy Institute, “on average, 70 to 80 percent of incarcerated youth are rearrested within three years, often committing worse crimes." If we want to make a difference in the lives of these young people, and lower crime rates overall, funding interventions that equip young people to make better decisions is certainly a positive investment.
Since the very beginning of the NSCF's community chess effort in Broward County, we have worked to serve young people in the juvenile justice system. We teach in a school serving young people on probation, and in the Detention Center. These programs are funded by grants and run year-round. (Our students don't get vacations.)
One program we are particularly proud of teaches chess to young offenders from all over Florida at two treatment centers. In addition to teaching at both centers every Friday morning, periodically we get to host a tournament where top players from each facility (shown below) get to test their skills with the top team bringing the "challenge trophy" back to their center!
One grant we had for two prior years, we did not receive for the current fiscal year. This has left us $6,100.00 short for just the treatment centers. We have had great successes at these facilities for over 3.5 years. One site's assistant director shared how much "quieter" the facility had become since we started teaching chess and gave them extra sets for the common areas. "It is quite common to see boys sitting at the back of the room playing for hours in their free time," she said. "I wish you would come to our other centers."
We'd love to come to their other centers across the country, but for now our goal is to keep the current programs operating and viable. Your financial support will help us teach critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that can help these young men make better decisions in life... We are looking for larger grants, but in the meantime, maybe smaller contributions will help fill the gap. Please join us in this very valuable work.
Our dear friend Sondra Lieber has sadly lost her battle with cancer. She was just 54 years old and far from finished making her contribution to kids as an award-winning reading teacher and inspiring chess coach. When I saw her in hospice, Sondra was rather upset (that's the polite word - Sondra is a fighter!) that there was no one to take care of her chess club/class at Glades Middle School. We were happy to send Mourice Hylton to cover for her. Mo was also glad to step in, but emailed me: "I just hope I can fill her rather large chess coach shoes."
Sondra was a National Scholastic Chess Foundation-certified coach who was active with scholastic chess in Broward County long before we got here, and has been an ally and champion alongside of us since Day 1. She even helped us with our book "Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History." Her love and dedication to her players is well-known, and she received great joy from each of their accomplishments. So, while she was in hospice we made a commitment to her:
Sondra, we'll figure out how to keep your kids growing and improving their game. We love you and appreciate you and wish you well.
We will be working to secure longer-term funding, but your immediate contribution will help us keep sending Mo Hylton to teach her class every Wednesday afternoon, produce a tournament we promised Sondra she could host (February 2) and provide coaching for her kids at tournaments including the upcoming National K-12 Championship in Orlando. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
The NSCF, in partnership with the Broward Education Foundation, has created the Next Move chess program to introduce chess in schools and in community programs. You can help establish a chess club at a Title 1 school or in a high needs community. A donation of $500 will cover the cost of 2 full day workshops for a teacher or a volunteer to be able to lead the club. Each workshop includes curriculum and content support, including online resources for the teacher. Funds may also support providing supplies (boards and demo pieces, clocks, demo boards and books) for the clubs. Your donation in any amount helps us grow chess for students of all grades across all of Broward County. Thank you.
After 3 years of diligent work, our book "Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History" is finally available!
Here's the back cover copy and some great endorsements from two of our early readers:
“The development of a chess player runs parallel with chess itself; a study of the history of playing methods therefore has great practical value.” – Former World Chess Champion, Grandmaster Dr. Max Euwe
What’s the best way to learn chess? Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History blends the intricacies of chess play with the game’s compelling and colorful history, putting real people at the 64 squares. Tracing the development of chess from its origins in ancient India, the authors take the student on a far-ranging journey through the palaces of medieval and Renaissance Europe to the cafés of the Enlightenment and the dawn of the Industrial Age, with a focus on the leading personalities of the royal game and on their contributions to understanding of it. Rogues and champions, tragic as well as inspirational human stories all serve as the backdrop for illustrative games and exercises of increasing complexity highlighting their discoveries, and invite the student to grasp the potential of chess to fascinate. Much more than a primer for beginning chess players and their teachers, Great Moves shines a light on the lives of famous players of bygone eras, helping experienced players to fi ll in the gaps in their chess culture.
“Sunil Weeramantry & Co. have delivered a long needed scholastic workbook that places chess within the history of ideas and brings students into practical contact with the evolution of chess thought.” – Dr. Jeff Bulington, Nationally Recognized Chess Educator
“An exciting new idea which makes the game’s rich history come alive, I can see Great Moves becoming as popular with adults as it will surely be for students.” – Judit Polgar, Grandmaster and Chess Educator
Find more reviews and bonus materials at www.GreatMovesChess.org.
Order directly: donate $35 (or more) to NSCF/The Sunrise Center for Excellence in Chess and we'll send you a copy (includes postage).
This unique text teaches chess and social studies as a blended learning project.
Mayors' Chess Challenge Dania Beach
12-13-2019 6:00 pm
CW Thomas Park
Mayors' Chess Challenge Coconut Creek
12-14-2019 10:00 am
Coconut Creek Community Ctr.
Mayors' Chess Challenge Weston
01-11-2020 10:00 am
Weston Community Ctr.
Mayors' Chess Challenge Coral Springs
01-18-2020 9:00 am
Mullins Hall in Mullins Park