On May 24, The US Chess Board and Staff recognized Red Nose Day, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness for child poverty. Boyd Reed, US Chess Director of Events said that during his last trip to Crossville, he gave out red noses at a staff meeting. “It’s hard for me to believe that, in a world that has so much wealth, there are children in poverty. It’s antithetical to the concepts of equality and merit that define the game of chess. Any initiative that supports eradicating and bringing awareness to such a shameful condition is easily worth the $11 of foam noses I bought.”
Joan DuBois of US Chess agreed and is inspired to seek even more opportunities to help in her own community, “Unfortunately we see poverty everyday. I plan to enhance my efforts to see what more I can do in my community to help the cause. Down the street from where I live there is a house that houses children with challenges whose families have abandoned them – so I donate funds and lightly used things and clothing. Let’s hope the “red nose” day will not only bring awareness to those who live in poverty but not have it only be once every year – but rather become a good will gesture often with very little effort so we can make a difference.”
The US Chess Board also participated at the recent Board meeting held in Louisville, Kentucky.