December 29, 2011

Moves That Matter - Always Looking for New Partners

Posted in Moves that Matter, Outreach Programs

Moves That Matter – Always Looking for New Partners!

Moves that Matter (MTM) is the outreach program of the World Chess Hall of Fame. The mission of MTM is to make the game of chess available in health and human service organizations for the benefit of their patients, family members, and caregivers. MTM does this by partnering with these organizations to establish chess playing programs and opportunities within their facilities. Patients, family members, and caregivers looking for a distraction from everyday challenges may embrace the game to enjoy its challenges or as a way to pass the time and make a social and emotional connection with someone else.

chess-play-2250px72dpiOriginally, Moves That Matter started as Chess for Life at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2009. Since then, the program has expanded to St. John’s Mercy Hospital, Shriners Children’s Hospital, and numerous nursing home facilities and rehabilitation centers. The goal of MTM is to bring the game of chess to those looking for a new opportunity to engage their mind, connect with someone on a competitive level, or wanting to learn something new. 

MTM can be tailored to fit your needs. If you are a hospital looking for a new activity in your waiting area, we can provide chess boards and chess pieces. We also encourage volunteer play with patients. We can provide chess instructors to give group or private lessons.  Tournament play is becoming popular and many facilities realize they have enough residents interested to play in an in-house tournament and would be happy to help in arranging this. The MTM program has many possibilities, and we would like the opportunity to brainstorm what works best for you.

MTM is always looking for new partners. There may be a nominal charge depending on your program. Please contact Lauren Stewart, Program Manager for additional information.

(314) 367-9243 ext. 106