Community Spotlight: Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson

Casey Smith sits down to interview Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson on this week’s episode. Orrin is a former Alabama state trooper, Air Force veteran, and world-renowned chess champion. He is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller One Move at a Time: How to Win at Chess and Life. He is a captivating speaker/facilitator and is the founder of Be Someone, a Georgia-based nonprofit that provides a youth-focused leadership skills development program on how to win in life using the game of chess. His formula – using the chess board – teaches that for every move that is made, whether it is playing the game or living as a contributing citizen, there is a corresponding positive or negative consequence.

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Orrin Hudson has traveled across America successfully providing his unique, exciting, and engaging curriculum to over 55,000 young people. Support for the organization has included Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Steve Harvey as well as other celebrities. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, the CBS Early Morning Show, CNN, FOX & Friends and has been on the cover of the world’s largest chess magazine, Chess Life and People. Hudson and his Be Someone organization have also been featured on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, in USA TodayEssence MagazineSports Illustrated for TeensJetBlack Enterprise, and Time Magazine for Kids

Orrin Hudson’s ultimate vision is to serve one million at-risk students using his motivating mantra: “Get Your Heads Up! Get Your Pants Up! Get Your Grades Up!” And most of all, “Never Give Up – No Matter What!”

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