Philadelphia Eagles standouts free safety Malcolm Jenkins and linebacker Brandon Graham participated in the Eagles Youth Partnership, After School Activities Partnerships as they hosted the 12th annual on Tuesday in the Panasonic Club at Lincoln Financial Field. Jenkins and Graham had a chance to play chess against a number of Philadelphia’s outstanding young chess players.
More than 200 of the city’s best youth chess stars competed against each other and the Eagles players in four rounds of competition. According to the U.S. Chess Federation and numerous research studies, participating in the sport of chess fosters academic achievement and increase patience, self-control and sportsmanship among school-aged kids.
The all-day, invitation-only tournament featured 225 youth chess players in grades 1 through 12 from ASAP’s Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge who played against each other as well as Jenkins and Graham.Original article: Donald Hunt Tribune Staff Writer http://www.phillytrib.com/sports/eagles-youth-partnership-a-success/article_0294f66b-0a26-50ba-96cb-f3aae69570ac.html