Bishops, Knights, and Rooks in the barbershop!

Bishops, Knights, and Rooks in the barbershop!  12-year-old Cahree Myrick practices chess in a local Baltimore barbershop run by Sundiata Osagie.   Osagie described chess as a “staple” at his barbershop.  “That’s just the culture we’ve developed around here.  People will just stop in and say: ‘Who’s playing chess?  Who's the chess players around here?’”

Last May, Cahree made local history after winning first place in his division at the United States Chess Federation Super Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee.  According to the Baltimore Sun, he’s the first competitor his age from Baltimore to do so.

Cahree credits Osagie’s barbershop for shaping him into a true competitor.  “Sundiata, he’s been my barber since I was like, 5 years old,” Myrick said.  “He taught me to be humble more -- count your blessings and be a good person.  Don’t be like, arrogant, don’t walk in like that.”  Lessons we can all take to heart and not just over the chess board.


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Terminal illness doesn’t stop man from repairing and donating bicycles to children in need

What would you do if told you only had months to live?  Bob Charland, 44, was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative brain disease earlier this year.  Hearing that he had an aggressive terminal illness rocked his and his family’s world, but he rebounded, deciding to make the time he has left really count.

Bob always felt that all children should have the opportunity to lead an active life, and he decided to do his part.  A local elementary school in his hometown of Springfield, MA, has mostly kids from low income families.  Most of these kids have never owned a set of wheels, so Bob began repairing donated broken bicycles to give to these kids.  “I get up around 4:00, 4:30 in the morning.  From then, even until 11 o’clock at night, I’m here repairing the bikes.”

Last month, he handed over 35 finished bikes to these appreciative, deserving kids.  “It’s really exciting to see all these kids so happy,” Charland says.  “I’m going to keep doing this as long as I physically can.”  Seeing these kids put down their phones, get off the couch, and spend time outdoors being active brings a smile to his face.

Diagnosis of a terminal illness can’t stop this bike man.  How about all us healthy people giving something back to our community!






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From Compton to Harvard!

“It was a struggle.  It was rough,” Elijah says of his time growing up in Compton, where only a little over half of students graduate high school.  He remembers a defining moment when he was little:  “It was kind of late at night, my mom ran into my room, and they were shooting outside.  So we would lay, actually, right there, kind of looking at each other.  I was just...looking at my mom for strength ... That moment changed me forever.  I knew I would have to leave Compton.”

Elijah worked hard to achieve his goals, immersing himself in his studies, and never losing focus of his academic goals.  He was accepted to a prestigious high school, over an hour away from home, and there he excelled - using the long commute to study.  Academics always came first, and he achieved a 4.69 GPA on a 5.0 point scale.  He was also a star football player, a track athlete, a leading actor in the school’s productions, and chair of the school’s peer mentoring program.  He became fluent in Spanish.  “I think that struggle - it ignites a fire under you to want to work hard and to want to do more,” he said.

“Everything in his life is preparing him for his future,” his proud mother said.  “He has been through a lot, he has seen a lot and guess what? It made him stronger.”  Elijah credits his mom with getting him to where he is, and she credits him with giving her the strength to be a mom.  His mother raised him alone for 13 years while his dad was in a federal penitentiary.

And where is he now?  Only five percent of applicants are accepted into Harvard, one of the world’s most prestigious universities, and 17-year-old Elijah is one of these elite Harvard bound graduating high school seniors!!!   Harvard awarded Devaughn a complete tuition, room and board scholarship, and his mom set up a GoFundMe campaign to help with books and other school expenses.

Where will Elijah be in 10 years?  “Umm, maybe med school, maybe Wall Street, or maybe an actor on somebody's stage,” he says. “I don't know, but I will be somewhere great. I know that.” Ducking for cover when he hears the ricochet of gunshots outside his bedroom window will now be a distant memory.



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Derrick Rose donates $1 Million to After School Matters

Born and raised in Chicago, and now playing for the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose has always been an

active member of the Chicago community. Derrick Rose recently donated $1 Million to After School

Matters. After School Matters is a non-profit organization that offers Chicago high school teens

innovative out-of-school activities through Science, Sports, Tech, Words and the nationally recognized

Gallery programs.

D-Rose - After School Matters

Rose said “To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the

difference in the world. So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s


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