Orrin Hudson featured on National Public Radio!

Orrin Hudson recently had a chance to speak with popular radio personality Tavis Smiley about his community efforts. Hudson is the founder of BeSomeone, Inc., an non-profit entity to help motivate youth to make better choices in life while using chess as the vehicle to learn these lessons.

In the 7-minute segment, Orrin talked about the moment that he decided to make a difference… a robbery at Wendy's resulting in seven people being taken to the freezer and shot in the head execution style. Their hoist… $2400. After a sleepless night, the former state trooper asked, "What can I do to make a difference?" He began to reach out and teach people how to "make all the right moves."

Smiley was puzzled about Hudson's comment that losing is a choice.  Why is losing a choice? "We don't want to pay the price… we don't want to do the work… When you go the extra mile… when you do the laborious work, miracles happen."

Listen to NPR interview

Orrin C. Hudson

Photo by Michael Schwarz

Posted by The Chess Drum: 6 August  2004