Charity Chess Tournament

“Using chess to change the world” – That’s the goal for Elite Chess and they’re starting to do so right in our own community.

Owner and head chess coach at Naperville North High School Jeff DiOrio organized the Susan Stuckey Charity Chess Tournament at Highland’s Elementary School.

Roughly 50 kids participated in the event, which raised $775 towards the Team Stuckey Future Educator Scholarship, which gives two graduating District 203 seniors majoring in education $5,000 towards their freshman year.

“Giving money is kind of that piece where we can create that legacy of more people who want to give back to kids,” said DiOrio. “At Elite chess, if we’re trying to change the world, we have to go out and spread our beliefs to other people and hope that they’ll do the same.”

The scholarship’s namesake, Susan Stuckey, is a former principal at Highland’s, now battling cancer.

She and her husband Jeff, who’s received several kidney transplants, created the scholarship as a way to give back to the community.

“She’s so motivational [and] so inspiring,” said DiOrio. “She really supports her staff in an incredible way and everyone wants to work so hard for her and around her. This is our way of giving back to a really great person.”

In addition to the recent chess tournament, the Stuckeys also held a 1.5 mile “Walk for Whale Wishes” last year that raised more than $15,000 for the scholarship.

This year’s walk is on May 18th, starting at 9am.


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