As Seen on CNN Former State Trooper Says Chess --Not Sports--is the ticket out of the Hood


March 8, 2004--Many inner city youths spend hours playing basketball and football hoping that they'll make it to the NBA or NFL. While involvement in sports is healthy, Orrin C. Hudson will tell your audience that their chances of achieving athletic stardom are slim to none -- so kids would be better off playing chess, where they'll learn strategy, character, patience and so much more.

Hudson, a motivational speaker and former Alabama state trooper, recommends that all children play chess in order to be more successful. The two-time citywide chess champion can discuss:

* How he once beat a Russian international master in 18 moves.
* How he coached elementary students to beat high school students at chess and took a last place team to three straight chess championships.
* His Be Someone program that has been featured nationally on CNN American Stories, CNN Headline News, Court TV and Sky Angel Network.
* His own experiences of growing up in the projects as one of 13 children.



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