Chess & Pizza

Chess & Pizza

Lemuel LaRoche (BSW ’02, MSW ’03) speaks to Prophet Noel, 9, as opponent Angelique Black-Smith, 12, looks on during Chess & Pizza Nov. 15 at Little Italy in Athens. The monthly event is part of Chess & Community, a nonprofit created by LaRoche and dedicated to teaching kids to “think before you move.” The program uses chess as a model to help enhance critical thinking skills, a technique LaRoche has utilized in his job as a social worker. “We replace the chess board with the real-life board and then say, ‘Ok, now what’s your next move? How do you plan to get through this?’” he says. For more, visit

Photo by: Peter Frey