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NEWS 1427 (20-Sep-00)Next Previous
Chessclub.com sponsors Harlem Outdoor Chess Festival


Chessclub.com is proud to announce that it will be a part of the
Harlem Educational Activities Fund's Second Annual Outdoor Chess
Festival on Saturday, September 23. Chessclub.com will have a table
at the event and will be passing out promotional materials to people.
You can find out more about the festival by going to
http://www.harlemchess.com. The following is some information about
the event:

HARLEM EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FUND TO HOST
SECOND ANNUAL OUTDOOR CHESS FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Special Guests Jazz Great Wynton Marsalis
and New York Knicks Player Erick Strickland
Raffle Drawing Grand Prize One Hour of Chess Play With Actor Will
Smith

NEW YORK, August 28, 2000 - The Harlem Educational Activities Fund
(HEAF) will host its second annual Chess Festival on Saturday,
September 23 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. outdoors on 119th Street
between Manhattan and Morningside Avenues in Harlem. The Chess
Festival, which will be hosted by Maurice Ashley, the first
African-American International Grandmaster, will feature a live
performance by Wynton Marsalis with his band. Marsalis and New York
Knicks player Erick Strickland will also be on hand to play chess.
In advance of and during the event, HEAF will sell raffle tickets and
will award the grand prize of one hour of chess play with Will Smith
and a second place prize of a tour of the MTV Studios. Other prizes
will include gift certificates to Barnes and Noble, Old Navy and the
Gap.

The outdoor Festival celebrates the first anniversary of the opening
of the HEAF Harlem Chess Center at the Police Athletic League building
last September. This year, HEAF will arrange some 200 chessboards on
the block and in the adjacent schoolyard. Adults and children from
throughout the City are invited to join in the party, watch Maurice
Ashley's chess demonstrations, play chess themselves, listen to music,
enjoy the free refreshments and participate in the raffle drawing.

Commenting on the successful year in which the HEAF Harlem Chess
Center served 90 Harlem children weekly in after school and summer
programs, Ashley said, "For me, the Center is a dream come true. It
directs our children's competitive spirit to a game that teaches high
level analytical skills."

Marsalis, an avid chess player, also spoke about the Center, "Under
the visionary leadership of Maurice Ashley, the Harlem Chess Center
helps kids develop a can-do attitude that adds immeasurably to the
quality of their lives and all of our lives."

Since HEAF was founded 10 years ago, chess has been an important
component of its overall educational program and is offered at the
Mott Hall School as a school-day elective and an after-school
activity. The Mott Hall Team, "The Dark Knights," has consistently
won top awards in  city, state and national chess competitions.

Courtney Welsh, HEAF's Executive Director, in 1990, HEAF is
an innovative educational program for middle shares Ashley's
enthusiasm for the game. "HEAF uses the game of chess to encourage
young people to engage students' minds and build confidence in their
learning abilities. Once they understand that, HEAF's tutoring,
mentoring, counseling, enrichment and college preparatory programs can
help them get on and stay on the college track."

The Chess Festival and the HEAF Harlem Chess Center are projects of
the Harlem Educational Activities Fund. Established school through
college students from Central Harlem and Washington Heights. In
addition to chess, HEAF programs include high school and college
preparation programs, classes on decision-making, goal-setting and
long-term planning; mentoring and tutoring; camping; community
service; public-speaking and self- presentation courses; guidance
counseling; college advising; and ongoing support and resources
through college. HEAF has provided state-of-the-art technology for
schools, training courses for teachers, parent workshops, and a
program to build interaction between parents and teachers.

NEWS RELEASE Contacts:
Helen Shelton; (212) 593-6443; sheltonh@ruderfinn.com
Melissa Bent; (212) 715-1551; bentm@ruderfinn.com
Courtney Welsh; (212) 663-9732; cwelsh@heaf.org

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