Chapel Hill workshop uses chess to empower youth

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Get your heads up, pants up, grades up and never give up — that was the message of an anti-violence event in Chapel Hill meant to empower youth on Sunday.

Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is an anti-violence activist, former police officer and Air Force veteran.

Hudson’s program has reached 55,000 students and aims to reach at least 1 million, spreading life-lessons through the game of chess.

Hudson teaches youth the game of chess utilizing an over-sized chess board while implementing his message of peace, positivity, and purpose.

“By learning to give rather than take, students walk away with a new mindset. These young people will learn to respect others, think before they make dangerous moves and make sure everything they do is a credit, not a debit, you have to give to get, not take to get,” Hudson said.

During the workshop, Hudson taught students a new currency, he said, called KASH (Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, Habits) and showed them how it can change their lives for the better.

Click here for more information on Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson and his youth empowering program.

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