Checkmate! Chess Express Kids win Swim with the Sharks 2021
Jayvon Fairman Davis Chess Express Kids is the big winner of the 2021 contest Swim with sharks competetion.
“In chess, after the first move, there are billions of possibilities,” Fairman-Davis said in his argument. “That’s how life is – you take one step forward, and you can do anything afterwards.”
Fairman-Davis credits the failures and opportunities he gained as a competitive player as a teenager for taking him away from the streets of Wilmington where he grew up. In addition to founding Chess Express Kids, he is a co-organizer of Delaware’s first all-virtual chess tournament, The Wilmington Open.
“The problem is that many disadvantaged children lack the programs and activities that cultivate essential life skills,” Fairman-Davis said. “Our solution is to bring the same impact I’ve had from chess to other Delaware students with an engaging and affordable chess coaching platform.”
The pitch impressed the judges Chris L. Kenny, President and CEO of The Kenny Family ShopRites of Delaware; Bruce Rushton, the Northern Delaware Growth Coach; and Stephanie Eldridge, co-founder of Code differently. They ultimately awarded Chess Express Kids the grand prize of $10,000 plus free resources and services, including memberships to New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, Nextfab and World Trade Center Delaware, as well as advertising and marketing tools and opportunities.
Chess Express Kids was one of four finalists, in addition to sleepy bird coffee, Agora World and Pediatric Therapy Partners, LLC.
The $1,500 Swim with Sharks People’s Choice Award, which was voted on by the public between September 1 and October 15, was awarded to the semi-finalist Enetor, co-founded by Jose A. Salazar and Luis Marin Enetor.
Swimming with Sharks is a partnership between the Emerging Enterprise Center and the New Castle County Office of Economic Development initiative CNC innovates, Delaware Small Business Development Center, Delaware Division of Small Business, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, as well as community sponsors.
You can watch the entire final competition here: