PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Girls in kindergarten all the way up to high school were at Drexel University on Tuesday to play a game they love: Chess.
Typically, a male-dominated sport, over 100 girls came out to show off their skills at the girls-only tournament. The tournament is a part of the school’s involvement with the After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) which coordinates weekly after school clubs for students to attend in schools, libraries, and rec. centers around Philly.READ MORE: Teammates, Coaches Hold Emotional Vigil For Tyler Norton, Boy Killed In Pottstown House Fire
“Teachers see it right away,” said Martin Collette, director of the ASAP Chess Program which has more than 200 chess clubs throughout the city for girls and boys. “They see that their kids are able to pay attention a little bit closer and they think things through a little more and that’s all because of the critical thinking skills that they develop playing chess as well as the ability to focus.”READ MORE: Veterans Transform Historic Train Station Into 'Incredibly Special' Cafe In Radnor Township
Chess club is always looking for new members. They’re currently recruiting for the first annual Philly Girls Summer Chess Camp which starts in August.MORE NEWS: Mama-Tee's Effort To Combat Food Insecurity During Pandemic Expands Into Pop-Up Grocery Store
For more information about ASAP’s programs check out their website.