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Chess Coach thanks supporters

web posted August 5, 2010

Dear Editor,
Recently, when South Carolina Female Scholastic Chess Champion, Tori Whatley, asked the community for financial assistance to attend the prestigious Susan Polgar Girls Invitational Tournament, they responded by opening their purses and wallets even in the face of the toughest economic times since the Great Depression. Together, local businesses contributed half of the funds necessary for Tori and I to drive to the event in Lubbock, Texas. 

This show of support is indicative, not only of the pride in our community and state, but also of our desire to reward and promote excellence in our youths.

I explained, and Tori clearly understood, that although it was her skill, tenacity, and talent that earned her a Champion’s Invitation, it was a Championship Community of friends, family, and businesses that delivered her to the tournament. I reminded her of this by writing the names of each contributor on her scorebook. One of the other state champions asked her who were all the names written on her scorebook. Tori’s two-word answer said it all, “My team”.

I’d like to acknowledge Windsor Jewelers. Monterrey’s Mexican Restaurant, the Citizen News, Field’s Insurance, Petal Pushers, C&M Repair, Cash Ready ATM, Whatley Construction, and Cohn’s Concessions for their efforts in helping Tori move South Carolina to its highest finish yet in the state’s three year association with the event.  We are also appreciative of the many that encouraged us and wished us well.

I would also like to thank all of you who support student activities, be it academic, sports, or band related. Your decision to contribute to these extracurricular programs demonstrates your belief in our youth and their worthiness as an investment in our future.

David Whatley

Certified Coach and Tournament Director
U.S. Chess Federation
Grateful Chess Dad

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