Not Before My Parents Chess Club Program

"Improving The Lives Of Those Affected By Violence"



The idea of Chess came to Raydell Lacey, after watching her son Erick Lacey, Sr. playing chess. She found chess to be a great distractor for her son (in the wake of his son's death) and she saw an increase in his analytical, strategic and decision-making skills. Ms. Lacey also saw that Chess helped him cope with his emotions surrounding the killing. 

After witnessing an improvement in  her son's behavior, Ms. Lacey determined that children and young adults can sit down and work out their differences using strategic moves over the chess board rather than using violence to display their disagreement with their peers.  The name Chess Moves Against Violence was birthed and a chess club for the Englewood Community began. 

Chess provides a positive distraction from violence, serving as an activity to promote healthy competition and motivation. 

Commander Johnson of 007th District, Chicago IL 60636


NBMP has partnered with 007th District CAPS in the Englewood Community.  

Yearly Chess Tournament Winners


All participating youth receives a trophy.  NBMP will be developing a team to compete in national chess championships.

Chess Club Lessons (All Ages Are Welcome)



Tuesday's & Wednesday's

  • TBD (Due to Park Construction)
  • 4-6pm
  • Ogden Park
  • 6500 S. Racine Ave.
  • Chicago IL 60636



2nd Tuesdays

  • 6-8pm
  • 007th District Police Station
  • 1438 W. 63rd Street
  • Chicago, IL 60636

***There are no lessons at Ogden Park on the 2nd Tuesday's of the month***


  • Date & Time TBD
  • 002nd District Police Station
  • 5101 S. Wentworth Avenue
  • Chicago IL 60609

Every Other Month & Once a Year


Every Other Month

  • Will Resume In Spring of 2019
  • 2nd Wednesday's of the Month
  • 6-7:30pm
  • West Englewood Library
  • 1745 W. 63rd Street
  • Chicago, IL. 60636

Yearly Event

  • Community Explosion I/Fun Time Back In The Day 
  • June 22, 2019
  • Ogden Park
  • 6500 S. Racine Ave
  • Chicago, IL. 60636