About Us

Chess and Community Inc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing youth to lead through community engagement and civic empowerment. Our work uses chess as a learning modality to help youth manage impulsiveness and develop critical thinking skills.


We prepare youth to lead by focusing on academic enrichment, civic engagement, career and entrepreneurial skills development, and cultural education. 

Chess and Community develops youth to transform community.

It Takes an Entire Village to Raise a Child.

- African Proverb

Lemuel "Life" LaRoche, MSW

Founder | Executive Director 

Ymmilia Frazier

Executive Assistant

Travis Williams, J.D

Assistant Director

Jamon Holt, Ph.D

Program Director

Britney LaRoche, MA

Scholarship Coordinator

Coral Rogers, MNML

Grant Writer

Yalonda Parker

Parent Liaison 

Sha'Mira Covington, MSC

Program Support

Chess Coach 

Board of Directors

Beverly Ford, Ed.S

Principal (CCSD)

Coile Middle School

Athens, GA 

Kevin Dious

Chief of Staff to CEO

Reddit, Inc

Wes Zwirn


Little Prodigy Development Center

William Miller

Community Consultant

Reign Streiter

Athens Real Estate

625 Milledge Ave
Athens, GA

Yolanda Parker

Parent Board Representative

Neill Bridges


595 North Event Center

Atlanta, GA

Darlene Nazaire

Executive Director 
Young Tiger Foundation

Joy Marshall, 

Community Strategist

1551 Dunwoody Village PKWY 

Suite 88135
Atlanta, GA 30338



P.O. Box 48911

Athens, GA 30604

475 Huntington Rd | Suite 150

Athens, GA 30606


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