Sunday night CBS 60 Minutes, in a segment called “Chess Country”, showed how Dr. Jeff Burlington has mentored kids in Franklin County, Mississippi, teaching the basics of chess, story link here.
The kids eventually take a bus trip to Nashville, analyzing positions on the bus, and play in a huge tournament in the Opry Center. Although school loses 30 of 32 first round games, it places well at the end, with one kid winning a crucial game with White on an opponent’s blunder (the opponent was higher rated) after the opponent offered a draw.
The townspeople say that the mentor was glad to teach chess to “hillbillies”. But John Grisham comes from Mississippi. There is now a chess center in the county seat of Meadville (in SW Mississippi).
I did notice that a number of the kids looked obese. That isn't so good. World champion Magnus Carlsen is also a fitness buff, to all appearances/
Is this volunteer activity I should do? I do play the game well enough to teach it to “beginners”. My highest rating ever was about 2000. There are programs around the country for inner city kids. There is a group in northern Virginia that holds “chess for charity” events at a local Catholic school.