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3 ways chess academies can give back- Real Examples Inside

“Motivation begins with an Inspiration!”

In this article, I will be sharing about people who inspire and ways for giving back to the ones who are dependent on you and to those who don’t have any supporters.

Give back 1: To the ones those who depend on you

Conduct in-house academy awards day or Academy Day! – Recognize your coaches

An academy is no different from an organization and it is important to recognize the coaches who are part of the academy. They would have done several good stuff over the year and when you recognize them in front of parents, its a big honor for them and would boost their interest more into teaching chess. Say best beginner coach, value creator of the year,

Students can also be awarded to attract parents to the function. Like the Best game of the year, the Best player of the year, Best disciplined player of the year, the Best comeback of the year and you can add your own spice to this list


Give back 2: Combine chess and social causes

Fundraiser through Chess Tournament for the cancer society, poor children, etc

I found another interesting social activity and was wondering how do people even think about such activity.

Real Example: Chess players cleaning Ocean

Grandmaster Thal Abergel along with few chess players on a random beach bring back 150kg in 2h during a recent tournament. Gives you a great deal of exercise and satisfaction before the round.

So why not a chess academy plan a leisure outing with students and parents on a Sunday morning to a beach, clean it and then continue the training for the rest of the day?

Real Example: Extending your support for the bigger initiatives

Coach Evan Rabin of Premier Chess is conducting a mini-tournament to support for a bigger program (Charity Chess Championship) .

Attention Chess Academies: If you do not have time for running a bigger program, support those who run in whatever way you can.

More about his charity programs in another example below

Give back 3: Teach chess to poor kids

There are several ways chess academies can be part of the social programs. Remember you are not just giving back but inspiring others to give back and at the same time building your network with trusted people around the world for caring and sharing.

  1. You can teach chess in slums and make them play the royal game
  2. Teach chess to students of public schools who cannot afford to pay for classes

Sharing a few examples that I came across. Follow these people for ideas and inspirations.

Real Example: Disney movie based on Chess – Queen of Katwe is a real social story

Robert Katende, Founder and Director of the Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) Chess Academy in Uganda and the man behind the success of Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi, whose story became the Walt Disney film “Queen of Katwe.”

Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.

Real Example: Premier Chess in New york.

One academy that consistently gives back to the society is Premier Chess in New York

It’s CEO Evan Rabin travels to Africa every year to teach chess. Not just him but with a few more chess educators. And also teaches in public schools where students cannot afford to pay for learning chess.

Real Example: Chess in slums initiative by
Tunde Onakoya in Nigeria

Tunde Onakoya has been teaching chess to the kids in slums of Nigeria and also received The John Fawole Chess Awards for outstanding grassroot development

So what are you waiting for? Put the ideas to practice.

About me

Image may contain: Arun Srinivaas, sitting, laptop and indoor

My name is Arun, CEO of Chesslang.com and I help chess coaches to build & grow their chess academy. You can reach me through https://www.facebook.com/arunsrinivaasrs  

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