Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson, founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Be Someone will be in Dayton, Ohio on Friday, March 27, 2009 to show at-risk youth how to make better decisions in school and in life.
He will speak to the students and faculty of Thurgood Marshall High School, 447 Hoover Avenue, at 10:00 AM. At 12:30 PM, Hudson speaks at the Black Man's Think Tank in the Ponitz Center (Building 12) at Sinclair Community College. This event is free and open to the public.
Hudson, a former Alabama State Trooper and author of "One Move at a Time" says, "Nationwide crime is on the rise. I want to make sure that every child chooses to think it out, rather than shoot it out. Now more than ever before, it is important to teach the youth of America that success is not measured by cars, clothes or dollars." Hudson's mission is to visit all fifty states teaching one million students how to win the game of life through self-esteem, responsibility and analytical thinking skills. "Through chess, I teach children to push pawns instead of drugs and help them make the right moves to improve their future. My message is simple: heads up, pants up, grades up and never give up." Hudson hopes to inspire support for his cause. "When good people fail to act, evil prevails. Investing in our youth is one of the best ways to ensure a better tomorrow."
Inspired by Dr. Estes Taplin, superintendent of the City of Baker School System in Louisiana, Hudson embarked on a nationwide tour. The campaign launched with the City of Baker School System, in which the best-performing and worst-performing schools stand only a mile apart. Hudson's second stop is Dayton, Ohio.
About Be Someone
Established in 2001, Be Someone has touched the lives of over 20,000 students across the country. The results: higher motivation, improved attendance and better grades. In addition to the youth-focused initiative, Be Someone offers on-site programs for corporations and community organizations.
For additional information, or to schedule Orrin to speak at your school, company or church, contact Valerie L. Coleman at 937.307.0760.