Chess is about strategy, planning and  purpose. BHS student, Rich Ni who is the 2012 Presidential Service Award Winner embodies these qualities and more. Rich plays in the BHS chess team and  has served as a volunteer for the Hough Street School for several years. As seen in this photograph Rich is thoughtful, funny, reliable, patient and hard working as he organizes and teaches in the club under teacher Maggie Gruber.

Last week the 5th Annual Hough School Tournament was held and almost $6000 was raised for the education of a little girl adopted by the chess program and the Maggie Gruber Computer Center. The computer center will bring technology and education to 200 families living in the slums of Delhi, India. Rich worked hard to make the tournament a success by serving as the Assistent Tournament Director, general organizer and handing out the 2013 awards to the 4 volunteers who will follow in his foot steps.

Rich will represent Chess Without Borders at the prestigious 2013 UN Youth Assembly in New York where he will meet other youth volunteers from around the world who have engaged in outstanding humanitarian projects.

We salute volunteers like Rich who make a difference in this world for others by their bold moves!


Rich Ni

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