Vaughn Bennett launches!

Vaughn Bennett has recently launched the official website of The Olympic Chess Foundation. On the site, the non-profit service entity expose "at-risk" children to the joys of chess and provide a vehicle for building self-confidence and life-management skills. Extolling the virtues of chess, the website states,

"Chess has been demonstrated through traditional use and research on youth development, to improve learning capacity, social development, and life management preparation. As a component of a comprehensive after school program, Olympic Chess House will make a significant contribution to ongoing efforts to avert youth involvement in high-risk behaviors."

The organization provides a three-month semester instruction by Master-level players via two-hour workshops, three times a week. The website gives details on the current projects the organization is undertaking including some of its past successes. The Olympic Chess House started in 2000 as a four-person initiative and since its incorporation, has touched the lives of over 5,000 children and youth, through chess classes and tournaments. The organization has also sponsored youth teams in national tournaments around the country and have aspirations to compete internationally.

Visit "Olympic  Chess Foundation"

Posted by The Chess Drum: 6 November 2004