On Monday May 8th, Chess In the Schools 30th Anniversary Benefit “Honoring Champions of Chess in the Schools,” Maurice received the Cullman Award for Excellence. The Cullman Award recognizes the recipient’s achievements and their embodiment of our mission. Past honorees include: Bill Clinton, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Lewis Cullman, Agnes Gund, and Bloomberg Volunteers.
Chess in the school has impacted the lives of over 500,000 low-income New York children throughout its 30 years of programs in Title I public schools. In this school year, we will teach over 11,000 students. Chess students gain problem-solving, critical-thinking, and strategy skills. They practice concentration, patience, delayed gratification, and sportsmanship. These skills and behaviors advance their success in school and in life.