By Tammy Moore Teague
Professional Checkers competitor, Quint Hodges, will team up with the current Arkansas State Champion from Russellville to host the first Arkansas Youth Checkers Tournament in the state. Hodges plans to hold the event at Buckner Park in Witcherville during the 2019 spring break.
Additionally, Hodges will begin holding classes to teach those interested in learning how to play. The classes, which will be free, will start with the basics and progressively prepare the student for tournament play. “The classes are to make sure they know all the rules and regulations of tournament play,” added Hodges. Classes will be held at the Witcherville Community Building on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m., beginning next month. Both the classes and tournament will be open to all Arkansas youth.
“As far as I know this will be the first Arkansas Youth tournament,” stated Hodges. If parents have any questions or want to get their child involved, you can contact Hodges at 479-806-6321. He added that parents will need to be prepared to accompany their child during practice.