Former State Trooper and Superior Court Judge Partner to Inspire Youth to “Be Someone”
Master motivator Orrin C. Hudson and New Jersey Superior Court Judge Wendel Daniels joined forces to produce ChessFest 2013, a unique event designed to inspire young people to think ahead, plan, execute and utilize the components of chess to sharpen the mind and motivate them to become someone special.
The event was held on September 28, at the Calvary Lighthouse Church in Lakewood, New Jersey. It was open to youth under 18, and there were a variety of sessions throughout the afternoon designed for beginner-level and intermediate players.
Hudson, a former Alabama State Trooper and a world chess champion, is the founder of Be Someone, an Atlanta-based non-profit crime prevention program aimed at the youth of America. He comments, “The program teaches self-esteem, responsibility and analytical thinking skills to youth through numerous tools, including the game of chess. This is my second year partnering with the presiding New Jersey Superior Court Judge Wendel Daniels who too often sees the destruction of many young lives.”
Daniels, who is a Superior Court Judge for the state of New Jersey and was the first African American Judge in Ocean County, has a similar background when it comes to his love of chess and using it to teach life lessons to young people – many of whom are at risk of making last-minute wrong decisions. Judge Daniels has been teaching chess since 1978, and is a United States Chess Federation certified coach. He comments, “Once the kids come into my courtroom, it’s too late. That’s why I’m actively involved in helping these kids beforehand, so that everybody wins. Chess is a powerful game to teach them”
For more details about Orrin Hudson, visit: www.BeSomeone.org.
For more details about Judge Wendel Daniels, visit: www.judiciary.state.nj.us/ocean/vic14-b.htm