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SOME OF OUR NEWEST AMBASSADORS:
- PNC Bank
- Maryland Chess Association
- Connections Academy – Baltimore, MD
- UMBC Bookstore
- UMBC College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
- Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth – Baltimore, MD
- Holy Cross Elementary – Dover, DE
- Prince George’s Home School Chess Club – Bowie, MD
- T & R Merchandising (Chess Equipment) – Alexandria, VA
We are currently reaching out to various individuals in our extended sphere of influence in order to establish a more formal network of partners that can help advocate for our program in several important ways.
We have recently created a fundraising site to facilitate a modest fundraising effort that we hope will enable us to raise some seed money to pursue some community outreach efforts focused around chess education, especially in the scholastic domain. Some of our potential initiatives may include:
- A lecture series aimed at middle-game and endgame theory and techniques. It may be adapted to include individual instruction and practical application opportunities, such as combining blitz tournaments with instruction.
- A summer chess camp that would leverage the expertise of our titled team members, in addition to local area talent, aimed at developing chess skills for the local and regional scholastic programs.
- Possible future International Master & Grandmaster norm tournaments, sponsored by the UMBC Chess Program, that would provide local and regional opportunities for accomplished players to earn norms toward advanced titles.
In order to effectively accomplish these goals, we need to spread the word about the renewed potential for UMBC’s Chess Program. It is our hope that you are interested and willing to serve as a UMBC Chess Program Ambassador, helping us to build our network of interested partners, possibly volunteering at future events, or making a financial contribution that will ensure our continued success as a program.
What it means to be a UMBC Chess Program Ambassador:
- Encouraging players in your network to participate in our two annual tournaments:
- UMBC Championship – held every September
- UMBC Open, Alvin S. Mintzes Chess Tournament – held every March
- Helping us spread the word about future outreach initiatives, such as a lecture series or summer camp
- Sharing our GiveCorps website with individuals or organizations who may be willing to make a financial contribution to our program.
It takes a community to build a legacy like ours and we believe that it is important to show our appreciation by continuing to pay that effort forward. We hope that you’ll partner with us in creating more opportunities for young and old alike to prosper from the cognitive, competitive, and disciplinary benefits of this wonderful intellectual sport.