Chess for Vets & First Responders


Instructor: FIDE MASTER Sunil Weeramantry

Chess is a great activity for: • Social connection and recreation • Therapy (including PTSD) • Mentoring young people • Community engagement

Even if you’ve never played chess, this 5-hour workshop will teach you the basics from rules and piece movement to beginning tactics. The workshop will also prepare you to use chess as a mentoring tool. 

The workshop includes NSCF’s curriculum outline, referral to grade appropriate curriculum resources, and on-going training online (individual accounts set-up instructions are supplied with your workshop materials).

Our goal is to provide regular opportunities for veterans and first responders to play chess as a recreational activity, to assist those who want to use chess to engage other veterans and for those who might like to mentor young people in our school and community programs. We are especially looking to work with School Resource Officers who help keep our schools safe and can use chess as a way to create positive relationships with the students.

Normally $250, this class is generously sponsored by the City of Sunrise. Space is limited. You must provide either your service branch, or your police/fire or other first responder agency name.

Click here to download a printable PDF flyer to share with others who may be interested in participating. 

Instructor: FIDE Master Sunil Weeramantry, a nationally acclaimed instructor who has over 40 years’ experience teaching and developing award-winning chess programs. Since 1979 Sunil has directed a curricular chess program at Manhattan’s Hunter College Campus Schools, a leading laboratory school for talented and gifted students, where chess is a required subject for all students in kindergarten through fourth grade. A former New York State Chess Champion, Sunil served as the first Chairman of the US Chess Federation’s Committee on Chess in Education and produced Chess in Education workshops across the country, including on Capitol Hill.

Event Properties

Event Date 10-26-2019 11:45 am
Event End Date 10-26-2019 5:00 pm
Capacity 32
Registered 20
Available place 12
Cut off date 10-25-2019 10:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Sunrise Police Dept. Community Room
10440 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise, FL 33351
Sunrise Police Dept. Community Room
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