6520 South Cicero Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60638

From 3pm until 5pm

At Chicago Marriott Midway

6520 South Cicero Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60638

Cathy Jobe / info@besomeone.org / (770) 465-6445

Orrin Hudson uses chess to provide teens with better decision-making skills

Dr. Ruben West employs precise communication to help kids make smart choices

CHICAGO — On Saturday, April 7, noted youth mentor and anti-violence activist Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson will use a life-size chessboard to bring life lessons to students in Chicago.

By learning to outthink the competition, Hudson says these young people will learn to respect others, think before they make dangerous moves, and give more than they take.

The session, to be held at the Chicago Marriott Midway, will outline specific strategies that help students put “Brains Before Bullets.”

Hudson will be joined by Dr. Ruben West, a renowned life coach and author, who helps kids succeed by developing superb speaking skills though his Jr. Black Belt Speakers program. West, who served in the U.S. military in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, teaches and trains students around the world.

Hudson, founder of Be Someone (www.BeSomeone.org), is an Air Force veteran and  former law enforcement officer. He has been awarded the prestigious FBI Director’s Community Leader Award, and, since the year 2000, his program has brought 55,000 students the life-affirming message of “Peace, Positivity, and Purpose.”

Be Someone supporters have included Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Steve Harvey as well as other celebrities. Hudson has also appeared on Good Morning America, the CBS Early Morning Show, CNN, and FOX & Friends and has been the subject of articles in USA Today, Essence Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Teens, Jet, Black Enterprise and Time Magazine for Kids. Finally, Hudson appeared on the cover of Chess Life, the world’s most widely read chess magazine.

Hudson’s life-changing message to urban youth is:

  • Get Your Heads Up!
  • Get Your Pants Up!
  • Get Your Grades Up!
  • and Never Give Up!

He says he won’t stop until he has reached at least one million students with his life-changing messages. Hudson was dubbed the “pied piper of positivity” by CNN for coaching his students to a statewide chess championship and three citywide chess championships.

At this upcoming workshop, Hudson will teach a new currency to young people called KASH (Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, Habits), and show them how it can change their lives for the better.

“There’s a new sheriff in town,” said Hudson. “He’s got a king, a queen and a pawn, but not a gun.”

“I am excited to team with Orrin to help change the lives of these young people,” said West. “Every child has the innate ability to succeed. They just need the proper tools and motivation.”

Event Details:
Chicago Marriott Midway
6520 South Cicero Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60638

Saturday, April 7, 2018
3 pm to 5 pm

The workshop was developed for students ages 10 through 21

How to Attend:
Due to limited seating, attendees should register at www.mywinningmove.com.


Be Someone, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help children develop the skills necessary for success in school and in life through learning chess. Be Someone is not just a chess program; rather it is an educational program that uses numerous tools including chess as its vehicle to teach children higher-level thinking skills. For more details about Orrin C. Hudson or his Be Someone organization, visit www.BeSomeone.org

Cathy Jobe  info@besomeone.org (770) 465-6445