K.A.S.H: Orrin Hudson Uses The Game Of Chess To Save At-Risk Youth

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Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, and Habits.

Those are the attributes former state trooper and highway patrolman Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson instills in children through the game of chess — an unconventional if odd tactic that is changing the community around him for the better.

Inspired by a robbery gone wrong in his Alabama neighborhood, which left seven people injured from guns, Hudson decided to try a different approach to crime prevention.

“We’ve got to prevent our young people from getting caught up in the wrong crowd in the first place, because people go to jail all the time and they come out worse than they went in,” he said.

Chess saved Hudson’s life when the game of strategy was taught to him by who he describes as the only white teacher in his high school. Race is always mentioned in crime discussions, but Hudson teaches children that despite the color of your skin and…

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