Philly chess players return with 78 awards (and counting) from PA State Scholastic Chess Championships

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After weathering the storm on Friday, March 2nd, ASAP Chess made it to Gettysburg, PA to compete in the PA Scholastic Chess Championship! Not only did more than 115 students from Philadelphia attend, but students had to make room for more than 78 awards on the bus trip back! The trip also included a lot of new faces, including first time states competitors, A.S. Jenks, Lincoln and Community Academy! 

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Thanks to the support of Lindy Communities, ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships was able to sponsor these students from Philadelphia School District-run and public charters to an event that paves the way each year to Nationals. As ratings are being updated, below is an overview of a few noteworthy individual and team awards from different traditional neighborhood public, citywide admission, and special admission schools:

 

Individual Awards:

  • Srisa Changlokar (4th Place Overall K-12 Open) from J. R. Masterman School
  • Amy Huang (2nd Place U1100) from Academy at Palumbo
  • Kayla Cooke (2nd Place U1000 and the 2nd Place U900) from Mitchell Elementary  
  • Nerissa Kuan (1st place U800) and Mario Marchetti (1st Place U600)  from Bregy Elementary
  • Ricardo Lugardo Jr. (7th place 7-12 U1000) from Lincoln High School
  • Delano Kirton (5th place 7-12 Unrated) from Dobbins Career & Technical High School

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Amy Huang, Academy at Palumbo placing 2nd 

Team Awards:

  • Jr. Mastmeran School (1st place school K-6 Open; 1st place school K-8 Open; 1st place school K-12 Open)
  • Mitchell Elementary ( 2nd place school K-8 Open)
  • A.S. Jenks (5th place school K-6 Open)
  • Central High School (2nd place school K-12 Open)
  • Academy at Palumbo (2nd place school 7-12 U1300)
  • Carver High School for Engineering & Science (3rd place school 7-12 U1000)

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    Central High School team placed 2nd in (K-12) open!

    This trip has become such an important milestone for our chess community, especially since many of them are utilizing their experience to prepare for Nationals! If you have team, school or individual stories from PA State Chess Championships, please submit to Communications and Development Coordinator, Victoria Bakey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Chess Coordinator, Caroline Henley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



    This article was written by Chess Director, Martin Collette in collaboration with the Communications and Development Coordinator, Tori Bakey

11th Annual PECO-ASAP Checkmate Violence Marathon

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11th Annual PECO-ASAP Checkmate Violence Chess Marathon Tournament, presented by PECO

Location: Temple University Gittis Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St.

Dates: Saturday, January 27th 8:30am-7pm, and Sunday, January 28th 8:30am-5pm
Pre-register for all tournament sections by Tuesday January 23rd  

Contact Caroline Henley at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215-545-2727 ext. 17


Event Overview:

On January 27th and 28th, ASAP/ After School Activities Partnerships and PECO present the 11th Annual PECO-ASAP Checkmate Violence chess marathon, set to engage over 300 Philadelphia youth, parents, teachers and coaches.

In addition a special pep rally will be held from 11:30am-1pm for the city’s most talented young chess players, featuring guest speaker Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. The Commissioner will be there to encourage the youth in their craft, ultimately underscoring the connection between making the right decisions in chess and in life.  Students will use the tournament as an opportunity to prepare for state and national competitions. After the first day of matches concludes, students will be treated to a special LIVE stage combat performance, featuring students from ASAP Drama clubs.

Tournament Schedule:

Chess Challenge Non-Rated Tournament: Saturday

Saturday will feature a 5-round Chess tournament for non-rated students in grades K-12. No matches on Sunday. Check-in/Registration 8:30am-9:30am. Competition begins at 10:00am. Late arrivals will be paired in round 2.

  • K-3, K-6, K-8, K-12. Game/30 minutes, 5 rounds: 10am, 11:20am, 1:30pm, 2:40pm, 3:50pm.

Award Ceremony: 5pm Saturday.

Chess Challenge Rated Tournament: Saturday and Sunday

Rated sections feature more rounds and longer games over Saturday and Sunday. Check-in/Registration Sat/Sun 8:30-9:30am. Competition begins on Saturday at 10:00am and on Sunday at 9:30am. Late arrivals will be paired in round 2.

  • K-12Open: Game /90 minutes, 5 rounds. Sat: 10am, 1:30pm, 4pm, Sun: 9:30am, 1pm.

Award Ceremony: 4:15pm Sunday.

  • K-3U500, K-6U800, K-8U1200: G/60 min., 7 rounds. Sat: 10am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 5:00pm, Sun: 9:30am, 11:45pm, 2pm.

Award Ceremony: 4:15pm Sunday

Coaches Classic Non-Rated Quick Chess Tournament: Sunday

ASAP Chess Coaches can compete in this non-rated 5 round quick chess tournament to prove their mettle! Check-in/Registration: Sun. 8:30am - 10am.  Competition: 5 rounds G/10 starting at 10:30am.

Special Events on Saturday

Pep Rally: We will kick off the Marathon with a pep rally midday on Saturday (between 12pm-1pm) featuring a special guest. In years past, this has included Mayor Nutter and the Police Commissioner!

Human Chess: In collaboration with ASAP Drama, we will be hosting a game of chess in which the pieces will be replaced with Drama students!


For more information, please contact ASAP Chess Director, Martin Collette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 215.545.2727 ext.18

Philly Youth weigh in on NCAA athletes as employees

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Starting December 6, 2017- The ASAP Philadelphia High School Debate League covers new topic regarding the employment status of NCAA athletes! Match #1 will be at 3:30PM at Central High School, 12/6! 

The official topic was released by the National Speech and Debate Association for the month of December as: "Resolved: NCAA student athletes ought to be recognized as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act."

Interested in this topic?

There are plenty of ways to get involved with Philadelphia youth during this season of giving. One way is the devotion of one's time. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer debate judge, please contact ASAP Debate Coordinator, RJ Tischler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 215.545.2727. You can also click here for more information on the ASAP Debate site page

For the month of December, high school debate students will continue to refine and present their arguments alongside Philadelphia peers on the employment status of NCAA athletes. Future matches will proceed on the following dates:

-Wednesday, December 13th, 3:30PM-5:00PM @ Central High School

-Wednesday, December 20th, 3:30PM-5:00PM @ Central High School

Organized by After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP), ASAP Debate is one of the largest urban debate leagues in the country. This year, hundreds of students are embracing the opportunity and chose to spend their after school hours preparing their arguments for debate competition while also preparing themselves to be tomorrow's generation of informed leaders.  Debaters develop a deep knowledge of the many factors that influence public thought, governmental policy, and international relations. These student debaters happily work all season researching, exploring, and negotiating a variety of economic, political, and social issues. Referred to by former Federal Education Secretary as "one of the great equalizers of public education," scholastic debate programs have been shown to improve students' writing and researching skills, which lead to better grades and higher college matriculation rates.


ASAP would like to thank the Hamilton Family Foundation, the Patricia Kind Family Foundation, Wells Fargo, the Lenfest Foundation and the School District of Philadelphia for their support. In addition, ASAP is grateful to Central High School for providing a safe space for our youth to convene.

Race to Fundraise- Team ASAP 5K

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ASAP Scrabble Coach and mentor, John Green, flew through the finish line!

 

On Sunday, October 29th, Team ASAP crossed the Generosity Series 5K finish line! With the support of staff, club leaders and even an ASAP Chess participant, Mateo, we walkedran AND raised $9,090.00!

But we are not finished yet!

Individuals are still able to support our fundraising efforts until Sunday, November 12th.

How to donate:

  1. Go to: www.generosityseries.com/asap-after-school-activities-partnerships
  2. Scroll down to our participants, our teams and top fundraisers
  3. Select any ASAP individual (staff, board member, club leader/ coach) to support! Please note that although you support a runner, ALL proceeds go to the chairty.

Why support?

ASAP serves youth attending traditional Philadelphia neighborhood public and charter schools (grades K-12), where it is estimated that 81% of students come from circumstances of poverty.

According to recent Philadelphia School District data:

  • 60% of traditional public and public charter school 3rd graders do not read on grade level;
  • 37% of the city’s youth are chronically absent from school;
  • and only 65% of youth graduate high school in four years

By supporting Team Philly ASAP, you are supporting youth in Philadelphia discover new talents, new friends and new worlds when the school day ends. You are keeping them SAFE & ENGAGED. At ASAP, we believe that after school is not just a tmie when kids get to BE themsleves- it is a time they get to BECOME themselves through enriching experiences. You are keeping them on track.

Every little bit counts!

Be sure to share: www.generosityseries.com/asap-after-school-activities-partnerships with friends and family who support keeping the youth of Philadelphia safe & engaged and on track for graduation!

If you have questions about donating: please contact ASAP's Communication and Development Coordinator, Tori Bakey at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  OR 215-545-2727 ext. 12

 

Let's keep supporting the youth of Philadelphia after school together!

How to be an After School Champion!

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On October 29th, ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships is participating in the Generosity Series 5K event! Generosity Philadelphia is a multi-charity 5K Run/Walk that takes place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where several charities team up to raise funds in support of their respective missions!

The event will feature ASAP staff, board members, long-time coach and friend, Johnny Scrabble and more! Our goal is to raise $25,000 to directly support the youth in Philadelphia through after school enrichment. 

How to donate:

  1. Go to: www.generosityseries.com/asap-after-school-activities-partnerships
  2. Scroll down to our participants, our teams and top fundraisers
  3. Select any ASAP individual (staff, board member, club leader/ coach) to support! Please note that although you support a runner, ALL proceeds go to the chairty.

How to run OR walk:

  1. Go to: www.generosityseries.com/asap-after-school-activities-partnerships
  2. Scroll down and click "register for this event"
  3. Create a profile- this includes why you are participating and personal fundraising goals, which can be updated at any time. This will also be the link you share among friends, family and co-workers to support you. 
  4. Commit to raising at least $200 for the youth of Philadelphia after school enrichment mission.

Why support?

ASAP serves youth attending traditional Philadelphia neighborhood public and charter schools (grades K-12), where it is estimated that 81% of students come from circumstances of poverty.

According to recent Philadelphia School District data:

  • 60% of traditional public and public charter school 3rd graders do not read on grade level;
  • 37% of the city’s youth are chronically absent from school;
  • and only 65% of youth graduate high school in four years

By supporting Team Philly ASAP, you are supporting youth in Philadelphia discover new talents, new friends and new worlds when the school day ends. You are keeping them SAFE & ENGAGED. At ASAP, we believe that after school is not just a tmie when kids get to BE themsleves- it is a time they get to BECOME themselves through enriching experiences. You are keeping them on track.

Support Team ASAP

Every little bit counts!

Be sure to share: www.generosityseries.com/asap-after-school-activities-partnerships with friends and family who support keeping the youth of Philadelphia safe & engaged and on track for graduation!

 

If you have questions about registering or donating: please contact ASAP's Communication and Development Coordinator, Tori Bakey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  OR 215-545-2727 ext. 12

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