Interested in bringing chess to your site? ASAP coordinates clubs wherever children gather. Our chess club leaders and sites come from all walks of Philadelphia life and are just as diverse as the kids they serve. All club leaders and sites have a dedication to serving youth and believe in the benefits of chess for young people.
Not a great chess player? Don’t worry. No prior knowledge of chess is required to be a chess club leader or to host a club! ASAP provides training, instructional materials, chess supplies, placement assistance, and ongoing support for its club leaders and site partners.
Chess trainings are held monthly and are led by Steve Shutt, coach of the Masterman School chess team. Mr. Shutt currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Scholastic Council for the United States Chess Federation and previously served as the Vice-President of the Executive Board.
ASAP generally asks that sites seek their own club leaders to expedite the process of establishing a chess club. Teachers, retired persons, parents, college students, and staff at your site are generally good places to start in order to find a club leader. ASAP can provide flyers and notices to help recruit volunteers. In some cases ASAP is able to point a volunteer in your direction; however, this process may take some time as it tends to be the case that the demand for volunteers outweighs the supply.