Thomas Clem, CEO of Metro Atlanta Chess Partners Inc. (MACP) is a US Chess certified tournament director and chess coach.  Thomas is uniquely qualified to teach underserved youth due to his experience of working for over 10 years as a residential counselor where he once resided as a child.    He believes “Chess helps to facilitate the exchange of knowledge.”  Through his love for Christ, Thomas sees chess as his ministry to empower and uplift his community. 

Tonya Clem, co-founder of Metro Atlanta Chess Partners, holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching and is a certified US Chess tournament director who strongly believes that playing chess will  empower children throughout their lives.          

Thomas and Tonya's participation in structured programming that researches the mental health effects of families exposed to poverty has been a compliment to MACP and its mission to use the principles of chess to help bridge the educational gap in youth from underserved areas by teaching them the game of chess and encouraging them to compete in local and national tournaments.

MACP aims to extend the opportunity to play the game of chess to every interested child, and make it possible for underserved children to benefit from the effects of the game.

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Metro Atlanta Chess Partners

2020 Georgia Senate Resolution