· Facilitate trips for Philadelphia scholastic chess players to National Chess Championships.
· Provide opportunities for scholastic chess groups in Philadelphia to create a larger community.
· Encourage personal growth through the game of chess.
To plan, organize, and fundraise for trips to National Chess Championships for students across Philadelphia. Trips to Nationals will allow chess players the opportunity to learn just as much about themselves and the world, as about the game of chess. Well planned trips will result in players being part of a larger world. They will compete with people from across the country and experience many “firsts” in their lives. Players will be encouraged to do their best, look out for each other, compete; win with humility, lose with grace and do both with dignity. Strategic planning, and problem solving – regardless of the final outcome of the match – will also be celebrated. By being part of a team and through their encounters with other teams, students will also learn about people from other walks of life and strengthen their relationship-building skills. These experiences will all serve to encourage them, resulting in increased confidence and the motivation to imagine a world of bigger dreams and possibilities.