Support Chess Mates
Why support scholastic chess? We believe that enriching experiences in the early childhood positively contribute
a great deal to children's emotional and mental development. The game of chess offers is one of such experiences.
Chess Mates offers young children an opportunity to engage in a positive, mentally engaging activity at a time when many working parents are not yet home. Chess helps children develop critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. Students learn about discipline and concentration, train their memorization skills and learn to deal with the disappointment of a loss. For many of them chess club is also an important place to socialize with their peers.
Almost 900 elementary school students from Seattle area public schools attend Chess Mates weekly chess clubs during this 2011-2012 school year. More than 20% of those students are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs in their respective schools. Each participating school has a volunteer chess club coordinator or a group of supporting parents helping with logistics of organizing and running a chess club. Many parents contribute their time and effort to Chess Mates tournaments and other events. Some of our chess instructors are themselves former Chess Mates students!
In addition to weekly after-school classes, Chess Mates organizes tournaments, simultaneous exhibitions and other special events. Students from participating schools are able to attend such events free of charge or for a nominal fee.
We need your support! If you would like to contribute to Chess Mates after-school scholastic chess programs for children, please send your check or money order to:
7212 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, 98115
Chess Mates is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible. (Please consult your tax advisor).
Thank you for your support and for making a difference in the lives of many local kids!