Thursday, August 12, 2010

South Effingham High School to Host International Speaker, Orrin Checkmate Hudson, at Their Back-to-School Pep Rally

August 16, 2010, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
South Effingham High School, 1220 Noel Conaway Rd., Guyton, GA 31312
South Effingham High School Back-to-School Pep Rally

/PRNewswire/ -- International motivational speaker and author of "One Move at a Time" Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson challenges students to make the right moves. His message is, "Think it out, talk it out, work it out, play it out, but don't shoot it out." Orrin is a chess champion and will use the game as a training tool to teach life mastery skills to students, teachers, and parents at South Effingham High School. He has inspired over 20,000 students around the globe and as part of a national tour he will participate in the back-to-school rally to inspire participants to make the right moves.

Hudson founded Be Someone, a crime prevention educational program, in 2001 after five restaurant employees were killed in a robbery for $2,000.00. His goal is to teach students that real cash is kash with a K. His innovative "KASH is King" philosophy spells success for students by emphasizing K for Knowledge, A for Attitude, S for Skills and H for Habits. His students walk away with increased self-motivation, a greater desire to excel in school and a marked improvement in their GPA. Students also learn teamwork and the importance of community involvement.

The principal of the school, Dr. Mark A. Winters, invited Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson to inspire kids to make the right moves. A recent auto accident that killed two teenagers provoked the South Effingham High School students to seek ways to prevent future accidents. Hudson is a former state trooper who understands that driving an automobile can be a dangerous thing. He says, "You can make one error while driving and never recover."

Orrin Hudson has proven how learning to play chess helps young people to think for themselves and make smarter decisions through improved pattern recognition and concentration. "Chess teaches people to look at problems from different perspectives, and to think before making a move. Every move one makes has consequences, either positive or negative," says Hudson. "In that respect, it's exactly like life. Winning reinforces the good choices one makes, while losing provides an opportunity for one to learn from mistakes. Get in the game and join us. Evil prevails when good people do nothing. You can be a part of changing the world one move at a time."

Founded by Orrin Hudson, Be Someone ( is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that works with at-risk kids, helping them to build productive, fulfilling futures. Hudson and his work with Be Someone have been featured nationally in People Magazine and CBS Early Morning Show and recognized with numerous awards. He is a two-time winner of World Open Speed Chess and has coached students to win state-wide and city-wide chess championships.

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