Howell Park Family-Style Event to Honor International Good Deeds Day

From 3pm until 5pm

At Shorty Howell Park Activity Building

2750 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth GA 30096


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.