Welcome Supporters of JMAC Chess. Our chess students appreciate you giving your time to consider their team’s goal of competing in the U.S. National Chess Tournament. Our students spend hours on end in school and at home studying chess variations, reading chess literature mastering chess tactics and participating in local chess tournaments in order to improve their chess skills. With your support, our students will be able to reach the National Chess Tournament.
My Students: Everyday we begin our practice sessions with “Our Top Stars” from the weekend tournament. I recognize students who apply chess knowledge learned during the previous week in weekend chess tournaments.
The students who participate in our Chess Team activities are students from low-income backgrounds. Some students have learning disabilities while others excel in the classroom. Regardless of their backgrounds, each student displays resilience and confidence that impacts other students in the school. Surprisingly, the chess kids are the leaders of the school! The school itself has been classified as a failing school as indicated by the state report card. The school has a strong athletic program, but the chess team has been the pride of the school. The existence of a chess program in a school that is academically struggling is important in helping build academic excellence.
My Project: The U.S. National Chess Tournament is a major tournament in the United States for scholastic chess players. Students from schools like mine seldom get the opportunity to compete in such a tournament. Given the opportunity to compete in this year’s National Tournament my students will be able to interact with other students from different regions of the U.S. In addition, my students will be able to proudly represent our school in a prestigious tournament that is held every two years. Competing in a tournament of this caliber will teach my students the value of hard-work and dedication as there will be hundreds of other students who have spent hours practicing just to compete in the National Tournament.
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