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Fri Jul 19, 2019, 02:47 AM

On Chess: Cops And Kids Team Up To Play Chess And Build Relationships

CHESS Cops was launched in February 2017. What began as a simple breakfast with officers and students enjoying chess over coffee and orange juice ultimately expanded into a multifaceted community outreach program.

The St. Louis Chess Club, St. Louis schools, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department partnered to start St. Louis CHESS Cops — or Chess Helping Enhance Student Skills. CHESS is currently comprised of city and county police officers who utilize chess to teach lessons on critical thinking, planning and logic.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort.”

The outpouring of support from the officers was beyond anything we could have hoped. CHESS ignited the first Spring Break Chess Camp at Gary Gore Elementary, which brought 23 students and 12 officers together for a full week of chess and collaboration.


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