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Detroit All-City Chess Team Players, Coaches to be honored at Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit City Chess Club hosting event to recognize students for excellence in chess and classroom

Friday, May 10, 2013

(Detroit)—Dozens of the best and brightest K-12 Detroit chess players and their coaches will be honored at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Friday, May 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC), which plays most Friday evenings at the museum, and is sponsored by UAW-Ford. The emcee will be WDIV reporter Chauncy Glover. The event is free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Just as “dream teams” and all-city teams are chosen in athletics, these top scholastic chess players are being honored for demonstrating excellence in the chess world and in the classroom. Kevin Fite, DCCC director, believes it is just as important to recognize these students’ achievements. “Many students don’t have the ability to participate in sports, or don’t have the interest, but they can do other things like play chess, where they’re using their minds for analyzing, concentrating, focusing, reasoning, planning, memorizing, creating, and above all, solving problems. These are all qualities we want in our children, and chess kids exhibit these qualities at the highest levels.”

Members of the “Dream Team” being honored:
Bryan Wilson Jr. (captain)   Spain Elementary-Middle School
Paris Coleman                     University Prep Science & Math
Malik Hall                             King High School
Michaela White                    Detroit International Academy for Young Women
Marcus Badgett                   Spain Elementary-Middle School
Lamar Price                         Chrysler Elementary School
Brandy Copeland                 Washington-Parks Academy
Dimitrius Brown                    Cass Technical High School

Bryan Wilson Sr. will be recognized as Coach of the Year.

In addition to the Dream Team, 40 students are being recognized in the following categories:
1st and 2nd Teams All-City Chess High School
1st and 2nd Teams All-City Chess Jr. High School
1st and 2nd Teams All-City Chess Elementary
1st and 2nd Teams All-City Chess Primary
Honorable Mention

For a complete list of honorees, go to

About Detroit City Chess Club
Detroit City Chess Club was founded by Kevin Fite in 2003 and began as a lunchtime activity at Duffield Elementary School. DCCC has grown into a metro Detroit area organization, and practices and provides instruction to the public at the DIA most Friday evenings. Members, who range in age from 4 to 18 years, have won national, state and regional competitions. Several members currently hold impressive national rankings. The clubs’ mission is to teach area students the game of chess and all the life lessons it has to offer. One of the most important lessons, according to Fite, is “to teach children to think critically and make good judgments.”

DIA Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
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