Weddle Applauds Parks Committee Approval of Chess Initiative
Weddle, a Former State Chess Champion, Says Measure Will Engage Inner City Youths
Supervisor Martin Weddle, a former state chess champion, today applauded the Parks, Energy and Environment Committee for approving a measure that asks the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department to conduct an analysis on the feasibility of implementing a Milwaukee County Youth Chess Program beginning in the summer of 2015.
The measure targets youths in kindergarten through eighth grade (K-8), to include chess instruction, coaching and accessible equipment for the purpose of learning the game and skills of chess with the potential of competitive participation in tournaments.
“This is a chance to engage inner city youths in a game that involves stretching the mind,” Weddle said. “They can play foosball and shoot hoops, which are great physical activities, but chess is a game that will allow youths to use the skills of their mind to win the game.”
Weddle said the initiative would help inner city youths engage in activities that do not require physical talents but do require mental stamina.
“Not everyone can engage in athletic activities,” Weddle said. “While it is important to be physically active, it’s just as important to be active in skills of the mind as well.
“The game of chess improved my quality of life and opened me up to travel opportunities, exposure to great people and minds. The game enhances critical thinking abilities, which are key in navigating throughout life. This is something I want to expose to our youths.”
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