We want to see chess continue to grow in the Grand Rapids and greater West Michigan area. To see that continue to happen we need more organizers and enthusiasts getting involved. There are a number of ways to become involved.
Scholastic Initiatives & Clubs
Scholastic chess initiatives are a necessary and important part of growing chess in any region. If you have an interest and opportunity to promote scholastic chess by starting an after-school program or club please contact us. We will make you a sponsored campus (see below) and do what we can do support your endeavor.
Becoming an Official USCF Tournament Director
This is easier than you probably think it is! It is free and only requires passing an open-book test to become a certified tournament director. We want to run more events and to do that we need more tournament directors. Locale tournament directors will enjoy being a gateway to helping scholastic and adult players begin their journey in the competitive world of chess. Running a tournament is not as difficult as you think! Contact us if you are interested.
Launching a Sponsored Campus
This is the backbone of our model. If you are interested in offering a weekly chess club in your community, hosting a regular tournament in your area, or even offering semi-regular special events please contact us.
What are the benefits of launching a sponsored campus? We would help advertise your event across our other campuses and communication channels. We also would seek to help with equipment for your new venture if the resources were available.
The requirements for becoming a sponsored campus are minimal. We would ask that you commit to help support and advertise other events at other campuses and schedule yourself in a way that does not hinder other meetings or events. We would interview you asking about your vision and purpose for why you are launching it before committing to supporting you as we do not want to support something that is started without careful thought and commitment.
If you are interested in any of these avenues of involvement please contact us.
Director – Michael Brooks
Asst. Director & Scholastic Intiative Director – Henry Rankin