Patrick, 11

7th grade

For Patrick, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, chess is more than a game, it’s a way to learn focus, concentration and patience. Although he has difficulty with some of the more complex strategies, he displays an endurance and commitment that promise to lead him not just to a higher rating, but to newfound confidence in his strengths – in both chess and life. With support from his teammates, Patrick finds that diligence and perseverance are enough to overcome every setback.