Youth Chess secures college scholarship and gains job internships

With 2017 rounding to a close, this year’s events have been nothing short of impactful. The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are on the move once again with a positive defense! The first Louisville Scholastic Chess Open was held this fall on Saturday, October 7 at the University of Louisville (UofL). Local and regional chapters of the fraternity teamed up to offer a different type of competition that was sure to meet the eye of many, competitive chess. 
The event, hosted by the Cleveland and Louisville chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and sponsored by JCPS, welcomed dozens of kids to UofL for a day-long chess tournament.

“With so many other things students could have been doing on Saturday morning, it was remarkable to see the overwhelming turnout of participants,” said Bro. Cecil Brookins, President, Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. “We have a lot of partners in the community, as well as our other fraternity chapters to thank for making this event a success.” 
College scholarships and job internships were on the line for the top competitors, as well as door prizes, electronic devices and gift cards for others competing. As many could see this was an impactful event surely to stimulate the mind in more ways than none. Its civic involvement and exposure to such a mind moving activity as chess that can change the lives of youth. The local men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hope is to continue to offer many programs that target youth and life skills that will expose, nurture change, and help youth make good decisions.