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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Chess and Disadvantaged Youth: Orrin Hudson given FBI Director's Award for Community Leadership 2013

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone, -- Acting Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Ricky Maxwell, FBI Atlanta, recently presented the FBI Director’s Award for Community Leadership for 2013 to Orrin Hudson for his exceptional insight and success in reaching disadvantaged youth in the metropolitan Atlanta area through the game of Chess. On April 4, 2014, FBI Director James B. Comey will host all of the FBI’s 56 selectees from around the country at a national ceremony to be held at FBI Headquarters with Mr. Hudson present as Atlanta FBI’s honoree.

FBI Agent Ricky Maxwell presents Orrin C. Hudson with the FBI Director’s Award for Community Leadership

Hudson, a motivational speaker and community activist, realized the need to become involved in finding a solution to curb teenage violence within his community. Mr. Hudson recounted that, much like today’s youth, he was destined for trouble until a teacher changed his life by introducing him to a chess board.

Hudson, who is also a former law enforcement officer with the State of Alabama, believes that prevention is better than detention and, since becoming involved, he has helped over 20,000 children develop the practical skills and techniques to overcome obstacles in life as illustrated through the best and most intellectual visual aid, the chessboard.

After moving to the Atlanta area in 2001, Hudson launched “Be Someone”, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation that uses numerous tools, including the game of chess, to promote self-esteem, responsibility, and analytical thinking to underprivileged youths. He has touched numerous young lives and has been relentless in his pursuit of reaching more young people and introducing them to the game that changed his life. His teaching methods are designed to share something positive to inner city kids where the focus is discipline and patience required by the game of chess.

For more details about Orrin Hudson and his Be Someone organization, visit

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