Mitchell at ChessFest

Will Mitchell, organizer of ChessFest, addresses participants during a past event in the Midland Events Center in Fremont.

Fremont Tribune files

Will Mitchell has been involved in many endeavors when it comes to helping young people in the community.

This weekend, the Fremont man will be supervising Speed Chess, an event that includes spirited, time-controlled games of chess for youth in second to eighth grades.

Mitchell is president and organizer of Imaginarium, Inc., and ChessFest.

ChessFest is an annual event which takes place at Midland University each spring. The event provides an opportunity for students to play chess with others from across Fremont and surrounding communities. Students aren’t turned away based on their ability to pay.

More than 150 chess players took part in the event last April.

In August, Mitchell was honored when Fremont Public Schools named him as its 2017 “Distinguished Friend of Education.”

“Several mornings a week you can find Mitchell at a local school teaching kids how to play chess,” FPS data stated. “Seven years ago, he volunteered to host a chess club at Bell Field Elementary. After a successful year at Bell Field, Mitchell began a chess club at Howard Elementary.”

In the last several years, Mitchell has help launch chess clubs at Fremont Middle School, Johnson Crossing Academic Center, Clarmar and Bergan elementary schools.

Besides hosting chess clubs, Mitchell is involved in promoting chess in the community, FPS said. He is founder of Imaginarium and president of its board which organizes many chess events in the community.

Mitchell spends countless hours organizing, planning and running various chess events.

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Recently, Mitchell said he was nominated by helpers from Bell Field and Howard elementary schools for the friend of education honor.

“It was very sweet,” he said.

In the last several summers, Imaginarium Inc., also has hosted a weeklong Performance Drama Camp for students from fifth through eighth grades and a weeklong Creative Drama Camp for area elementary and middle school students.

The Performance Drama Camps have been daylong events, while the Creative Drama Camps have been half-day events with young children coming to one half and older ones going to the other.

Mitchell has operated these camps and directed the Friday evening performances.


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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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