500 kids from low-income families will receive free memberships to the United States Chess Federation through a special U.S. Chess Trust program.
Students who are on their school's free lunch program are entitled to this benefit. The memberships will be channeled through coaches and parents who coordinate and organize chess programs in the schools. Each school program is eligible to receive a maximum of 10 scholastic memberships.
The Free Membership Program, in addition to providing assistance to underprivileged kids, is one more incentive for coaches to generate and organize chess activities at the schools. Coaches are encouraged to send a list of qualified kids, with a cover letter that includes a brief description of the program.
The USCF and the US Chess Trust thank Trust donors for their generosity and their support of children who could otherwise not afford to participate in tournament chess.