STONE MOUNTAIN — Orrin Checkmate Hudson, “Master Motivator Teacher and Mentor”, will hold his annual Spring Break Leadership Chess Camp Friday, April 6, 2023 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. This 90 minute leadership camp will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with early drop-off and late pickup available. Hudson will use his signature chess skills and abilities as he offers information, insight and advice on the importance of making every move in life count. 

Hudson has trained more than 88,000 students and his goal is to reach one million youngsters as he continues to train new teachers/motivators to spread the positive life lessons learned through the game of chess. Hudson is a believer in the ‘pay it forward’ concept.

“I was a young know-it-all teenager in Alabama and I was on the road to certain destruction and possibly even a premature death, ” he readily admits. “But I had a teacher who saw potential in me, I’m not sure what that was, but he taught me the game of chess.” Hudson is quick to say that seemingly simple act “saved my life.”

“By using the game of chess, my teacher showed me that for every move I make on the chess board there are consequences,” he adds. Hudson then stresses what is the bottom line of this game. “I not only learned how to play chess but I also gained self-esteem and realized I could be someone if only I chose the right moves in my life.”

Hudson went on to serve as an Alabama State Trooper but later realized his true calling. “I knew I had to give back. I saw too many young African American males headed down the wrong path – gangs, drugs, crime, sexual irresponsibility, no education and focus -, the same path I was on until someone cared enough to set me straight.” Hudson deftly uses the thinking man’s game of chess to both teach and mentor at the same time. It is a combination that is both effective and unobtrusive.

“These kids love this game and it opens doors. They often are surprised that they can handle the game that many educated adults shy away from, but more importantly they naturally learn life-lessons along the way.” Hudson rattles off some of those skills, “Responsibility, consequences for every action, think, think, and think some more.” He counsels them that they are important just as they are and that they hold unlimited potential inside. Working from his Atlanta training site, Hudson can often be found moving back and forth from multiple chess boards making moves and offering advice at the same time. It is apparent to any and all that he cares personally for each one of his students.

The young people who have had the good fortune to cross his path often say Hudson has been a guiding light in their lives as he has helped them learn how to solve problems and overcome challenges. “Successful people are not people without problems,” he stresses, “they are people who learn to solve their problems.” This is the lesson Hudson so adamantly teaches with his Be Someone program. He is resolute in his prediction. “We will reach these teens through this game and teach them how to think on their feet. They will be somebody and we will all win because of it!”

Hudson seems to have a saying for every circumstance. From his new facility in the shadow of famous Stone Mountain, Hudson often encourages many young people intently studying the chess board in front of them with something like this, “Every wall is a door every obstacle is an opportunity. That’s how you have to look at life. Attitude is everything.” It really is music to these young ears.

Details:

Spring Break Leadership Chess Camp
Be Someone, Inc. Strategy Academy 
949 Stephenson Road
Stone Mountain, Georgia
770-465-6445

Wednesday April 6, 2023- 10am to 11:30 a.m.

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA— Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, founder of Be Someone Inc., a non-profit organization that uses chess to teach life lessons to young people, is hosting a free, family-focused event on Sunday, April 16,  3 to 5 p.m. at the Shorty Howell Park Activity Building, 2750 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. Hudson is partnering with Southeast Corrections and the Gwinnett Police Dept. Both agencies will have representatives available. The event is in recognition and celebration of International Good Deeds Day and will feature several leadership activities, including chess lessons on Hudson’s giant chess board.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the event to learn how to make the right moves toward success through the game of chess. There will also be free T-shirts and giveaways, while supplies last. Hudson said the event will be a fun way to generate positive energy while remembering the victims and families impacted by recent senseless acts of crime in the metro-Atlanta area.  “I’m excited to dedicate this event in memory of those who have been affected by the recent acts of violence in our community as well as others across the country,” said Hudson.

Hudson’s Be Someone academy in Stone Mountain has trained more than 88,000 students using the game of chess to teach and mentor youths. As a motivational speaker and chess champion (the first African American to win the Birmingham City Chess Championship – twice!), Hudson has traveled internationally in his quest to reach one million youngsters and spread positive life lessons through the game of chess. A key component of the Be Someone instruction is teaching young people there are consequences for every move they make whether on the chess board or in life.

Hudson was a youngster headed down the wrong path when he was inspired to turn his own life around by a teacher who introduced him to chess. He went from being a kid destined to fail to serve in the Air Force and as an Alabama State Trooper. He eventually left law enforcement to found the Be Someone mentoring program. “I know firsthand the impact that mentorship and learning through chess can have on a young person’s life,” Hudson said. “I have seen too many young African American males headed down the wrong path, the same path I was on until someone cared enough to set me straight. That’s why I’m dedicated to making a difference and giving back to my community.”

Join Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson for a day of free fun, learning, and positivity at the Shorty Howell Park Activity Building on Sunday, April 16, 3 to 5 p.m. in celebration of International Good Deeds Day.

Monthly Event Features Founder of Organization Using Chess to Teach At-Risk Kids How to Succeed

Stone Mountain, April 3 — “Moves made in anger or without thinking cannot be taken back. Think before you move because every action has a consequence.” This is what Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson teaches young people who sit behind his chess boards at his local training facility. Hudson is the founder and CEO of Be Someone Inc. that for more than 20 years has been teaching youngsters to use their minds for good and to be givers, not takers.

The chess champion – the first African American to win the Birmingham City Chess Championship, twice! – will be the guest speaker at the monthly Greater Lithonia Chamber of, April 19, 11:30 a.m. at the Stone Manor Events Facility, 3113 Stone Mountain Street, Lithonia. The luncheon is free for members, $20 for nonmembers.

A teacher who taught him how to play chess saved Hudson, who as a teenager found himself on a path to ruin – gang member, committing petty crimes, no thought process beyond “now”. “That not only changed my life, it saved it,” Hudson tells all who will listen. He realized he had value and a purpose if he took control of his destiny. He went on to serve in the Air Force, became an Alabama State Trooper, and ran a successful business.

But after seeing many young people who were just like him ruining their lives and the lives of others, he realized he had to do something. As he often says, “Bad things happen when good people do nothing.” After starting his Be Someone Inc. non-profit in 2001, he has used the game of chess to teach more than 88,000 youngsters to think before acting. His April 19 presentation will focus on “Brains before Bullets,” one of his many teaching points he uses in his instruction that combines learning the game of chess with mentoring coming from the chess champ who also happens to be the father of seven successful kids.

Hudson’s unique and dynamic personality helps him connect with impressionable young people. “We must take on gun violence by providing jobs, mindset control,  impulse control, and self-control. Bad things continue to happen when concerned people fail to make boss moves!!! Stop, think, give, don’t take,” is what Hudson tells his audiences. “It’s time to clean up our streets. Not next month. Not next year. NOW! Peace, positivity and purpose provide the power to “Checkmate” crime and violence.” The Stone Mountain resident takes every bad headline about another young person in trouble, personally. “I know for a fact if I had had that kid in my classroom we would be celebrating achievement, not mourning another failure,” he emphasizes.

“Progress is impossible unless we as a community of concerned citizens do something different!   At times it is easy to become discouraged when faced with the latest crime report or story of more lost young people,” said Hudson. “But I have a renewed since of purpose that has kept me up at night working on what I can do to stop the senseless crime and violence that  is plaguing our community and destroying many young lives that hold promise if only caught in time.” This will be his focus at the upcoming Lithonia Chamber’s  April 19 luncheon.

Hudson offered a personal plea to community members. “Throughout my career as the founder of Be Someone Inc., I have been blessed with vision and passion to look for – and find – solutions to many of our most pressing problems destroying our young people and robbing them – and us – of their futures. I’m asking you to join me as we work for the positive outcomes we all desire.”
Reservations can be made by calling the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce at 770-482-1808 or contact them at contactus@greaterlithoniachamber com. Find out more about Hudson and his Be Someone Inc. organization at www.besomeone.org

February 4, 2023
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Stone Mountain, GA – The founder and CEO of Be Someone Inc., Orrin Hudson, is  so tired of reading and hearing sad stories of young people in or causing trouble that he has been moved to set aside a day devoted to peace and love.  Be Someone is a non-profit organization using the game of chess to teach young people, especially at-risk youngsters, how to make the right moves in life.  Since its founding in 2001, Be Someone has instructed more than 88,000 young people how to be winners using principles found in the game.

Hudson explains, “It is time for us to come together and unite in an effort to create a more peaceful, loving and awakened future for ourselves and our most prized treasures, our children and community.” He adds, “The change we wish to see on the outside begins with changing the inner workings of our thoughts.” The chess champion not only teaches youngsters how to play but he mentors them as well, drawing from his own experiences as a troubled teen.

The ”Moving With Love” event will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 – 3 p.m. at the organization’s Stone Mountain training center, 949 Stephenson Rd. Adults and young people 7-17 and welcome.  Although not required, reservations are requested and may be made at info@besomeone.org.

Hudson plans to present a different side of chess showing how the game teaches players to attack the opponent’s game piece, not the opponent.  He argues that by learning how to play, young people at the same time are learning to respect and even feel and show empathy and love for others.

The first African American to win the Birmingham chess championship (twice), he feels many young people have not been taught how to respect themselves, much less other people.  Speaking about the February 25 event he says, “I will be using chess to teach the fundamental concepts surrounding elevating life with love. Love breaks barriers, love moves mountains, and love is the key to kick starting each and every one of our destinies.”

He says he will be teaching students by actually experiencing how to think on their feet and “move with love” using a life-sized chess board. “When we love, we receive love,” he stresses. “And when we work together in fellowship with one another, a positive impact is made in the world that reflects on our own lives,” he adds. “And chess is the perfect teacher!” 

Hudson stresses the importance of positive thinking and pulling from the best of the community to create an environment that creates and empowers winners and defeats losers.  “Everything we’ve done together up to this point has prepared us for the work ahead. I believe we are ready, willing, and able to change our minds, so we can change the world.” 

Hudson is hoping for a good turnout.  “I would love to see many parents and guardians with their children,” he says. “It will be a learning experience for all!” The chess champ has devoted the last 20+ years to changing young lives for the better. ”It only takes one move to change the trajectory of your life. I will show you how to do that February 25th.”

Please come out to this free family event. You and your children will be introduced to the wonderful game of chess. You will not only learn the basics but you – and most importantly – your children will hear life lessons taught on the chess board… there are consequences for every move you make whether on the chess board or in life; brains before bullets; think it out, don’t shoot it out.

This will be a unique way to spend a family holiday afternoon. It will be fun, festive and there will be free food! We teach young people to be winners, not losers, givers, not takers. Make the right move on December 17, 1-3 p.m. See you there! (770-465-6445)

Peace, positivity and purpose provide the power to “Checkmate” crime and violence.

Progress is impossible unless we – as a community of concerned citizens – do something different!  At times it is easy to become discouraged when faced with the latest crime report or story of more lost young people. But I have a renewed sense of purpose that has kept me up at night working on what I can do to stop the senseless crime and violence that is plaguing our community and destroying many young lives that hold promise if only caught in time.

It’s Time To Clean Up Our Street. Not next month.  Not next year. NOW!

I hope you’ll connect with me.  Let’s begin sharing a meaningful partnership and dialog about  how we can take our community back. We need volunteers, mentors and child-advocates.  We need to find  best practices that have worked elsewhere and bring them here.

Throughout my career as the founder of Be Someone Inc., I have been blessed with vision and passion to look for – and find – solutions to many of our most pressing problems destroying our young people and robbing them – and us – of their futures.

I’m asking you to join me as we work for the positive outcomes we all desire. 

STONCREST, GA – With the fall school break just a few days away, now’s the time to start planning some quality activities for the family. The City of Stonecrest’s Leisures Services Department and Be Someone Inc. Founder Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson are kicking off the break by partnering to bring his life-sized chess board to the Browns Mill Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 7, 1 – 3 p.m. Families are encouraged to attend the exciting and fun two-hour event, where participants will learn that there are consequences—or rewards—for every move they make. “Not only will participants get an introduction to chess, but they will get a primer on using brain power for good,” Hudson said. “We’ll be giving away prizes and seeing who can beat me.” The session, “Unlocking Game-Changing Life Lessons with Chess,” will provide participants with practical tools and strategies built around five areas of focus:

  • Understanding and creating positive self-awareness that impacts behaviors and decision-making
  • Preparing and planning ahead; making your next move your best move
  • Providing insight on what else is possible
  • The key to developing more self-awareness

Hudson says he founded Be Someone Inc. in 2001 with a personal mission to share the game of chess to help others succeed. As a troubled teen growing up in inner-city Birmingham, Hudson learned to play chess from a teacher who saw his potential and the game changed his life’s trajectory. As Hudson often tells audiences, “Chess saved my life.” Hudson has appeared on Good Morning America>, CBS Early Morning Show, CNN, , Tom Joyner Morning Show and other programs. He has been on the cover of the world’s largest chess magazine, Chess Life, and has been featured in both, USA Today and People magazine. In addition to being the first African American to capture the Birmingham (AL) City Chess Championship, he also has won the George H. W. Bush Point of Light Award, the FBI Leadership Award, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leader Award.

“Unlocking Game-Changing Life Lessons with Chess will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, 1 – 3 p.m., at the Browns Mill Recreation Center, 501 Browns Mill Rd., Stonecrest. No registration is required. For more information, call 770-465-6445.

Bad Things Continue to Happen When Concerned People fail to Make Boss Moves!

We must take action  to stop the acceleration of crime and violence and eradicate the school to prison pipeline.

Please let parents and the community know I can doing my part to help teens get jobs and teach them how to be a good human being. 

This is totally free my way of saving not on my watch. I’m not going to sit back and allow our children to shoot and kill one another. The life we save my be our own.

FREE 8-WEEK VIRTUAL CHESS CLASSES PLANNED FOR DEKALB YOUNG PEOPLE STARTING SEPTEMBER 3

Students Will Not Only Learn the Game But Will Learn a Multitude of Life Lessons

The DeKalb County Virtual Village Training Presents a new weapon of choice a Queen, a King and a Pawn , not a gun. Orrin Hudson, founder and creative director of the Stone Mountain-based nonprofit Be Someone Inc., will soon be presenting a series of 8 Saturday virtual chess classes for county youngsters ages 8 – 18. The classes will be one hour long and will be taught Saturdays, 11 a.m. to noon starting September 3 to October 22, 2022. The free program will culminate October 22 with a chess tournament followed by an awards program.

Hudson presented a similar program this summer that was well attended and met with considerable success. What makes Hudson’s program unique is that while teaching youngsters to play chess he is using the game’s principles to also teach life lessons that are so important to young people today.

For example, Hudson stresses there is a consequence for every move we make, whether it is on the chess board or in life. He teaches young people to think ahead before they act. One of his key motivational messages stresses the importance of education and responsible behavior: “Pants up, head up, grades up, never give up.”

Sandra Petgrave is a DeKalb County mother of six children. Her three boys attended the “Keeping Children Safe” chess program this summer and she was completely satisfied. “Mr. Hudson mentored my three sons,” she said, “and taught them valuable life skills all while learning the game of chess.” She added, “Mr. Hudson went far beyond [what I expected] and,” she emphasized, “it was incredible to offer such a service for free!”

Hudson explained the value of the eight one-hour classes would be $1,500. “My classes are unique in teaching both the game while at the same time teaching young people to believe in themselves and how to be successful, productive citizens.”

The chess champion, using his Be Someone program since 2000, has taught more than 88,000 young people, many of them at-risk youngsters, that by using their God-given minds, they can be achievers and givers, not takers in their lives. You can learn more about Hudson and Be Someone Inc.

Here’s the registration link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=r8uyz75ab&oeidk=a07ejcyfq1ne69479be for people to register and received the Zoom link for the class.

Hudson explained this 8week program is a national model “to create peace, positivity, purpose and potential.” The classes are limited to 100 participants and seats will be awarded on a first-come basis. Participants must have access to a computer and an internet connection. Here’s the registration link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=r8uyz75ab&oeidk=a07ejcyfq1ne69479be for people to register and received the Zoom link for the class.

DEKALB COUNTY, GA–Be Someone Inc., the Stone Mountain-based youth development organization that has taught more than 88,000 young people how to make the right moves in their lives by learning how to play chess, has been named to the lineup of virtual summer camps offered by DeKalb County.

Registration is now open for the eight-week “Chess for Success” program, which will be held every Saturday from 11a.m. to 12 noon., June 4—July 23. Classes are designed for ages 8 – 18 and are free.

Be Someone’s founder, chief trainer and strategist, Orrin Hudson, who has traveled the world teaching his program, will provide the instruction.  Hudson attended the world chess championship match in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier this year and was honored to be asked minutes before the event to sit in Ian Nepomniachtchi chair and predict his first opening move against Magus Carlsen the resigning world chess champion .

Hudson is excited about the opportunity to continue teaching his hometown DeKalb youngsters. He calls the classes “the meeting of the minds,”  a virtual learning that will not only teach youths how to play and be successful at chess but also provide invaluable life skills such as how to embrace failure and learning from every decision you make.

Hudson was an at-risk youngster growing up who was taught the game of chess by a high school teacher who saw potential in him.

“It changed me but more importantly, it saved me,” said Hudson.  “I have dedicated my life to reaching as many young people as I can through this wonderful game that teaches so much.”

Hudson, who served in the U.S. Air Force and was an Alabama State Trooper before founding Be Someone in 2000, feels the timing for the chess classes is critical.

“Considering the rise in violence among our youth we are witnessing in our communities right now, it is time they know how to choose peace instead of violence and how to think before they move.  We must show them that every move they make has a consequence,” Hudson said. “Our children need hope.  When they lose hope, they make bad decisions. My classes teach youngsters to make the right moves on the chess board and in life.”

The eight -week class is much more than just learning the game of chess.  For those two summer months, students will be personally mentored by Hudson who will use his own life lessons to encourage them to “make every move their best move by thinking ahead; keep your head up, pants up, grades up and never give up; and think it out, don’t shoot it out.”

The “Chess for Success” program is one of several virtual programs sponsored by DeKalb County’s Youth Services.

The Be Someone class will have a maximum of 100 participants so early registration is encouraged.

For more information: www.dekalboys.org. Scroll down the list until you find “Chess for Success” and click on the icon or click on this link https://dekalboys.org/chess-class/.  You can learn more about Hudson and Be Someone at www.besomeone.org.

Orrin Checkmate Hudson, “Master Motivator Teacher and Mentor”, will hold his annual Spring Break Leadership Chess Camp from Monday, April 4, through Friday, April 8, 2022 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. This 5 day leadership camp will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. with early drop-off and late pickup available. Hudson will use his signature chess skills and abilities as he offers information, insight and advice on the importance of making every move in life count.

Hudson has trained more than 88,000 students and his goal is to reach one million youngsters as he continues to train new teachers/motivators to spread the positive life lessons learned through the game of chess. Hudson is a believer in the ‘pay it forward’ concept.

“I was a young know-it-all teenager in Alabama and I was on the road to certain destruction and possibly even a premature death, ” he readily admits. “But I had a teacher who saw potential in me, I’m not sure what that was, but he taught me the game of chess.” Hudson is quick to say that seemingly simple act “saved my life.”

“By using the game of chess, my teacher showed me that for every move I make on the chess board there are consequences,” he adds. Hudson then stresses what is the bottom line of this game. “I not only learned how to play chess but I also gained self-esteem and realized I could be someone if only I chose the right moves in my life.”

Hudson went on to serve as an Alabama State Trooper but later realized his true calling. “I knew I had to give back. I saw too many young African American males headed down the wrong path – gangs, drugs, crime, sexual irresponsibility, no education and focus -, the same path I was on until someone cared enough to set me straight.” Hudson deftly uses the thinking man’s game of chess to both teach and mentor at the same time. It is a combination that is both effective and unobtrusive.

“These kids love this game and it opens doors. They often are surprised that they can handle the game that many educated adults shy away from, but more importantly they naturally learn life-lessons along the way.” Hudson rattles off some of those skills, “Responsibility, consequences for every action, think, think, and think some more.” He counsels them that they are important just as they are and that they hold unlimited potential inside. Working from his Atlanta training site, Hudson can often be found moving back and forth from multiple chess boards making moves and offering advice at the same time. It is apparent to any and all that he cares personally for each one of his students.

The young people who have had the good fortune to cross his path often say Hudson has been a guiding light in their lives as he has helped them learn how to solve problems and overcome challenges. “Successful people are not people without problems,” he stresses, “they are people who learn to solve their problems.” This is the lesson Hudson so adamantly teaches with his Be Someone program. He is resolute in his prediction. “We will reach these teens through this game and teach them how to think on their feet. They will be somebody and we will all win because of it!”

Hudson seems to have a saying for every circumstance. From his new facility in the shadow of famous Stone Mountain, Hudson often encourages many young people intently studying the chess board in front of them with something like this, “Every wall is a door every obstacle is an opportunity. That’s how you have to look at life. Attitude is everything.” It really is music to these young ears.

Details:

Spring Break Chess Camp
Be Someone, Inc. Strategy Academy
949 Stephenson Road
Stone Mountain, Georgia
770-465-6445
Monday, April 4 to Friday April 8, 2022- 9am to 12noon

About Orrin Hudson and Be Someone
Orrin Hudson is on a mission to empower one million young people using the game of chess to teach them problem-solving strategies, life skills, and to offer kids them a positive alternative to gangs, drugs, crime, and violence. In his assemblies, kids learn practical skills and techniques to overcome obstacles, seize opportunities, and realize their potential. Hudson instructs, educates, motivates, and inspires, and uses catchy phrases, like “Push Pawns, Not Drugs” and “Heads Up, Pants Up, Grades Up,” to reinforce his overall message. Since 2001, Hudson has taught more than 50,000 kids to make every move count. For more information, go to www.besomeone.org.

Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson

Registration is now open for the eight-weeks “Chess for Success” program, which will be held every Saturday from March 26 to May 14, with a chess tournament planned for May 14, 2022

DeKalb County residents. Classes will start at 11a.m. and conclude an hour later at 12 p.m.

The training is designed for ages 8 – 18 and, thanks to DeKalb County, is free.

More information, including registration details, is available by visiting www.dekalboys.org.

Scroll down the list until you find “Chess for Success” and click on the icon or click on this link https://dekalboys.org/chess-class/ . You can learn more about Hudson and Be Someone at www.besomeone.org.

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