Texas Tech Chess Club Honored by State Education Association

Texas Tech University's Knight Raiders received a TAPE Gold Award for a partnership with Ramirez Elementary.

Written by Cory Chandler

TAPE AwardTexas Tech University’s Knight Raiders Chess Club was honored by the Texas Association of Partners in Education (TAPE) for its work with the Lubbock Independent School District.

The Knight Raiders and Ramirez Rooks Chess Club received a TAPE Gold Award recognizing the clubs’ innovative partnership, in which Knight Raiders visit the elementary school to hold free after-school sessions, and were congratulated for the recognition by the LISD Board of Trustees and Texas Rep. Carl Isett (R-Lubbock).

"I think that this is a tremendous recognition of the work we have done," said Knight Raiders Advisor Hal Karlsson. "It is the culmination of years of effort."

Knight Raiders promote chess both within and outside of Texas Tech through live and internet matches and tournaments. Members promote chess for K-12 students as a way to enhance education and promote civic values.

TAPE promotes partnerships to bolster student achievement. For some 28 years, the association has tapped community and business partnerships to strengthen educational opportunities.

CONTACT: Hal Karlsson, Knight Raiders advisor, Texas Tech University, at
(806) 742-3130, or chess@ttu.edu.