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Chess champion Orrin Hudson urges kids to “Pull Them Up”


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Motivational speaker and chess champion Orrin “Checkman” Hudson is launching a campaign for the new school year to encourage young people to stay on the educational track. His isHHHcampaign, “Pull Them Up,” urges students to not only pull up their pants, but their grades as well.

Hudson, who heads the Be Someone nonprofit organization in Stone Mountain, was recently in Dallas, Texas promoting his “Pull Them Up” campaign during the PowerNetworking Conference. He plans to speak at schools locally, as well as schools in Washington, D.C. and New Mexico.

“A lot of what I do is to get awareness about how I’m teaching young people to pull your grades up, your pants up, hold your head up and get your attitude up,” Hudson said.

Hudson says he plans to get out his message at motivational rallies for teachers and students and test scores pep rallies.

Aside from his motivational speaking, Hudson is also a master strategist and chess champion.

Hudson founded Be Someone, Inc. in 2001 to promote self-esteem, responsibility and analytical thinking in at-risk children. The former Alabama Highway Patrol trooper uses the game of chess to teach students and help them gain the skills they need to achieve. He motivates kids to think so that they will pursue careers and earn “K.A.S.H.: Knowledge, Attitude, Skills and Habits.”

“We’re changing the game by teaching them strategy, chess instead of checkers, decision-making, problem-solving and critical-thinking,” he said. “It’s all about critical thinking. You can make one move in life and never recover.”

Hudson has trained more than 40,000 children since he launched Be Someone 13 years ago and has a goal to reach 1 million children around the globe.

He strongly believes in the power that chess has to teach children about real life simply because it can prove to them that every move has a consequence.

“The turning point in my life is when I learned how to think strategically about my future and how to make every move count,” he said, recalling that one of his high school teachers helped change his life from a troubled youngster by teaching him how to play chess.                              

Hudson is author of “One Move at a Time” and holds the title as a two-time World Open speed chess winner.

He has dedicated his life to showing children how to strategize, effectively plan and expand their self-confidence, according to his biography.

“We’re losing our children to the streets,” he said. “I’m improving academic performance by teaching them how to be a champion.”

To learn more about Hudson and his Be Someone foundation, visit or call 770-465-6445. 

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