St. Louis Cops and Kids Team Up to Play Chess
…and Build Relationships

Summarized from article written by St. Louis Chess Club Scholastic Manager, Kyle Weber

A little more than three years ago, CHESS Cops began in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

C.H.E.S.S. = Chess Helping Enhance Student Skills.

Twenty-four St. Louis county and city police officers have donated more than 120 hours of their time to make this program a success. See their names and ranks below.

White police officer with pistol on hip plays chess with mulatto long-haired teenager

Photos courtesy of Saint Louis Chess Club, Austin Fuller

The St. Louis Chess Club, St. Louis schools, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department partnered to start the St. Louis CHESS Cops program.


Two black teenagers shake hands prior to starting chess game

Photos courtesy of Saint Louis Chess Club, Austin Fuller

At the end of the school year, the St. Louis Chess Club and kids took a moment to thank the police officers for the outreach. Police officers, first responders and kids gathered from all over St. Louis to participate in a chess tournament.

Here are the police officers and their ranks who donated their love and time to the kids and community of St. Louis.

Lt. Col Gerald Leyshock
Officer Darrin Young
Lt. Christi Marks
Sgt. Benjamin Granda
Sgt. Matthew Manley
Sgt. David Berkeley
Sgt. Jennifer Williams
Lt. Henry Dilworth
Detective Fred Bell
Lt. Troy Doyle
Officer Marvis Moody
Officer Amber Hawkins
Officer Jonathan Hamilton
Officer Brandon McCrary
Officer Ashley Meyer
Officer Brandon Sierra
Officer John Herman
Officer Jodie Easton
Officer Paul Henkhaus
Officer Roxanne Ali
Officer Erin Hine
Officer Sam Thomas
Officer Christin Widbin
Officer Tom Daily

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