When most people think of chess, it's not the most physical activity. The Welborn Baptist Foundation has changed that for the Upgrade Campaign, bringing the board game to life in downtown Evansville. This is most people's view of a chess game, small board, small pieces...big task, but these are the pieces the Marrs Elementary Chess Team uses. Here's your classic game...supersized! "If you know kids, it's hard to get them to sit still and I've taught for 30 years so I like movement, I like kids who move, I like it when they move," says Chess Coach Doug Hamm. Everyone is involved, with pieces bigger than their bodies. "I think it's really cool to lift them up, I like getting pictures with them, they're just huge and I like it," says team member Brenna Julian. Right across from the Ford Center in downtown Evansville, you'll find the larger than life chessboard and you may even see the State Champion Marrs Chess Team. "Nobody in the state of Indiana knows how that happened, the directors say that's never happened before that one group came in their first year and won the state, but they are very intelligent," exclaims Coach Hamm. With Bishops and Kings almost twice their size, Upgrade says this is one of the best methods for our young ones, hands-on physical activity with others. "Teamwork is very important that is one thing Chess teaches you, it teaches you that you should always be a team, " Julian explains. It's amazing, but kids want to be challenged, they want to be challenged physically, they want to be challenegd mentally, they want to be challenged socially and they are, they challenge themselves," Hamm adds. From State Champs to beginners, take the normal board game to new level. It's all in an effort to Upgrade to a better you
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