GMA hails Hip-Hop Chess Federation & RZA using chess to keep kids out of jail.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - On Feb. 28th, join the organization Good Morning America Weekend hailed as, giving underserved and at risk youth,
"…some of the most valuable tools they will ever need in life: patience, logic and strategy."
On Feb 28th 2009, the HHCF will host a free all ages event, Mind Over Matter II at John O'Connell High School in San Francisco. John O'Connell is located at 2355 Folsom Street @ 19th and will run from 11 AM to 5 PM in San Francisco. There will be open gaming, book and video game give-aways and many other surprises throughout the day. Call (323) 335-4497 to learn more.
"In these times of financial stress we see violence is rising as bank balances drop. It's critical that young people get a chance to learn directly from the stars and athletes, how to make good life choices," said HHCF CEO Adisa Banjoko. "We greatly appreciate the time these artists give to the young people. We look forward to a big crowd, banging beats and making major moves on the boards."
Banjoko added, "We have recently launched pilot programs at John O'Connell High School in San Francisco and The Ryan Academy in Norfolk, VA. Our students were moved by the story and we appreciate GMA Weekend for finding value in what we do."
View GMA video (aired nationally on 2/15) online at http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=6882154. The story follows HHCF founder Adisa Banjoko as he works with Wu-Tang Clans RZA to help show inner city youth more options in life.
As part of the Feb. 28th event, a celebrity Life Strategies panel will highlight the foundations of successful life strategies with RZA, Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, Casual from Hieroglyphics, Def Poetry Jams Amir Sulaiman and others. Additionally, there will gi and gi-less jiu jitsu exhibitions by Alan "Gumby" Marques from Heroes Martial Arts, Denny "300" Prokopos from 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and rope dart master Don Kiolbassa among others.
Past participants in HHCF events have included Josh Waitzkin, Eric Schiller, GZA from Wu-Tang Clan, DJ QBERT, Immortal Technique, Paris, Okwerdz, filmmaker Kevin Epps, T-KASH, Opio, San Quinn, Jay The Butcher, Sunspot Jonz, and MMA star Ralek Gracie and others.