October 18, 2011

Missouri Career Center's Better Family Life Program Visits WCHOF.

Posted in Moves that Matter, Outreach Programs

The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) welcomed a group of young adults from the Missouri Career Center, Better Family Life sector, on September 28, 2011. They came in not knowing what to expect, but once the tour began their eyes quickly opened.

better-family-life-image-2Program Coordinator, Claire Grothe explains the unique vision of Tom Friedman's Untitled, 2005.

Arranged through the WCHOF’s Moves that Matter program, Better Life Sector mentor Ida Roundtree brought in a group of 18-21 year-olds, working towards higher education, for an afternoon of chess lessons and chess history. WCHOF Program Coordinator, Claire Grothe gave a tour of our three exhibitions explaining and a history of the World Chess Hall of Fame.

From the expressions and questions asked, the group was most impressed with the Dr. George Dean collection, located in the 2nd floor gallery. Before leaving the World Chess Hall of Fame, Ida gave the group an inspirational pep talk in that the game of chess can be applied to everyday life and everyday decisions. After the educational tour, the group walked across the street to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. There, scholastic coordinator, Alex Vergilesov, gave a tour of the facility and a one hour class on the basics of the game of chess.

The outreach program of the Moves That Matter program donated three chess boards and three sets of pieces to the Missouri Career Center to continue their games daily.

For more information on the Moves That Matter program, please contact Lauren Stewart at lauren.stewart@worldchesshof.org or (314) 367-9243 (WCHF) ext. 106. For more information on programs and tours, please contact Claire Grothe at claire.grothe@worldchesshof.org or (314) 367-9243 (WCHF) ext. 105.