Kids in the Game Partners with Impact Coaching Network to Provide Chess at Summer Camp

Kids in the Game is excited to partner with Impact Coaching Network for the second year in a row to offer a chess track at two of our summer camp locations, the East Village and Park Slope in Brooklyn. Impact Coaching Network offers a unique team-first training approach dedicated to building vibrant inclusive chess communities and delivering measurable chess success. We are super excited about this partnership and the opportunities it will provide in expanding our summer programming! 

Impact Coaching Network’s unique team-first camp training approach is dedicated to building and preparing players for city, state, and national competitions. The chess piece of camp will be run by ICN coaches and includes small group work, rated game play, pointed lectures, and plenty of summer camp fun! Players will be grouped according to their individual needs allowing for maximum growth and enjoyment. ICN campers will also have the opportunity to take place in daily sports & games, theme weeks, optional swimming lessons, and outdoor activities! 

Daily Schedule: 

  • 9:00 Drop-off
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Gather & Social Play
  • 9:30 – 11:30 Team Groupings, Lessons & Rated Games
  • 11:30 – 1:00 Lunch, Yard Play/Gym Play, Social Chess Play, Individual Coaching Opportunities.
  • 1:00 – 3:00 2nd Instructional Lesson and Serious Matches
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Snack, Yard Play/Gym Play, Social Chess Play
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Pick-up
  • 4:30 – 6:00 After Care (Campers can stay from 4:30-6pm for an additional $100/week)

ICN just recently won 25% of all team awards at the 2021 New York State Elementary Chess Championship! With 135 players representing 30 overall sectional teams – the 2021 Impact Coaching Network State Championship contingent was the largest in the program’s history.

“Having been big fans of Kids in the Game over the years and especially impressed with their recent commitment to providing uninterrupted programming options during these challenging COVID times, ICN felt it was a perfect partnership to re-emerge our camps into the physical space. Taking our ICN commitment to chess excellence, along with Kids in the Game’s tradition of providing high quality engaging youth programming, we look forward to an exciting summer of chess, fun, and much more — encompassing the very best of an ICN and Kids in the Game program experience.”

Russel Makofsky, Founder, Impact Coaching Network

Summer chess camps will run for eight weeks, kicking off on June 28th and running through August 20th. Both locations will be available for kids entering Pre-K4 through 8th grade! Learn more at

About Impact Coaching Network

Led by Coach Russ, ICN was founded with the vision of establishing a network of high performing chess programs, where each school embodies their own unique chess culture while still maintaining a network-wide commitment to excellence. Across the Impact Coaching Network, a “Team First” training approach will be emphasized and our coaches / leaders will collaborate with each partner program to strengthen and build their school’s community through a visibly vibrant and successful chess program.