Meet The 8-Year-Old Refugee Who Won New York State’s Chess Championship

Every Monday morning we bring you feel good stories to balance out all the bad news

March 25, 2019

Today on Kevin & Bean we have GREAT NEWS stories for you. We find news stories that make you feel good and restore your faith in humanity to balance out all the bad news you hear on the news.

This morning Jensen told us about an 8-year-old boy Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi. He and his family are refugees that fled Nigeria out of fear from Boko Haram. Tani and his family are now living in New York and up until last week, they were living in a homeless shelter. His mom wanted him to follow his passions and join the chess club so she wrote an email to Russell Makofsky the coach of the chess club explaining their situation. Coach Makofsky gave Tani a full scholarship and after a year of learning how to play the game, he won the New York State Scholastic Primary Championship in his age bracket. He went undefeated in the tournament and beat 73 other players to win. He is now New York’s most promising chess prospect. After his success and through the generosity of others he and his family has been gifted an apartment where they are now living. His Coach has set up a go fund me page for them and, an immigration attorney has also agreed to represent the family pro bono as they continue to seek asylum here in the U.S. That was Jensen’s GREAT NEWS!!!

Kevin told us about a stranger who drove 7 hours straight, so a couple stranded on the side of the road could see a dying mother. Sharleen and Ron Gillies were driving to say their final goodbyes to Ron’s dying mother when they were involved in an accident leaving them stranded on the side of the road. That’s when 40-year-old Dean Moore was driving home when he saw the Gillies on the side of the ride. Something inside him told him to pulled over and check on them. When Moore found out where they were going and why he didn’t hesitate to tell them to get it. He drove 3 and a half hours just in time for Ron and Sharleen to spend a few hours with his mother before she died the following day. Moore then turned around and drove straight home. This was Kevin’s GREAT NEWS!!!

Today Allie told us about Jason Gasparik and a chocolate Labrador named Roxy. He spotted her on the highway on his way home. It took him an hour for him to calm the dog down and get her in his car. He took her home and posted photos of her on all kinds of social media, he took her to a veterinarian to see if she was chipped, sadly she was not. He then got a poster board and made a sign and went to stand at a local intersection with Roxy. Roxy’s owner Ed, was on the other side of town looking for her when he asked a fellow dog owner if she had seen her. She told Ed that she had seen Roxy on social media and messaged Gasparik. Soon the owner and pup were reunited. Gasparick says that he plans on staying in contact with Ed so he can volunteer to walk Roxy in lieu of the senior’s back problems. This was Allie’s GREAT NEWS!!!