The Wu-Tang founder brings his love of chess to juvenile hall inmates in St. Louis, Missouri.

RZA has made clear the positive influence the game of chess had on him from a young age, now with a donation to the Hip-Hop Chess Federation (yes, that’s amazingly a real thing) he’s helped fund a program to share that with St. Louis juvenile hall inmates. The aim of the non-profit chess program — which RZA will remain a board member for — is to spread “Chess and Life Strategies” to at-risk youth.

As Okayplayer points out, RZA also spoke in October to 400 high-school students from the area, including many from Ferguson, and later spent time playing chess and speaking with current juvenile hall inmates.

“Chess study, along with martial arts, along with music — is the best way to help develop your mind and body and protect you from pitfalls in life that will surely come at you,” RZA said.

Head to the Hip-Hop Chess Federation’s website here and be sure to revisit the best Wu-Tang deep cuts.

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