Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is a former Alabama state trooper, Air Force veteran, and world renowned chess champion. He is the author of the #1 Amazon best seller, One Move at a Time, How to Win at Chess and Life. He is a captivating speaker/facilitator and is the founder of Be Someone, a Georgia-based nonprofit which provides a youth-focused leadership skills development program on how to win in life using the game of chess. His formula – using the chess board – teaches that for every move that is made, whether it is playing the game or living as a contributing citizen, there is a corresponding positive or negative consequence.
Hudson has traveled across America successfully providing his unique, exciting and engaging curriculum to over 88,000 young people. Support for the organization has included Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Steve Harvey as well as other celebrities. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, the CBS Early Morning Show, CNN, FOX & Friends and has been on the cover of the world’s largest chess magazine, Chess Life and People. Hudson and his Be Someone organization has also been featured on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, in USA Today, Essence Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Teens, Jet, Black Enterprise and Time Magazine for Kids.
Hudson’s ultimate vision is to serve one million at risk students using his motivating mantra: “Get Your Heads-Up!!, Pants-Up! and Grades-Up!, and most of all, to “Never Give Up! – No Matter What!”
Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, Motivational Speaker and Master Strategist
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