East Palo Alto foster child, Dyhemia Young, traveled to Texas to compete in a Chess Tournament thanks to generous donations from strangers and her chaperone, Sheila George.
The tournament takes place each year at Texas Tech University, drawing the top-rated girl from each state. Polgar, the first woman to earn the title of grandmaster, also issues two "wild card" invitations to gifted players who haven't traveled the pricey road of official competition.
Though she left home with a black eye from a peer in her group home, and arrived in Texas nervous and worried, she managed to win one of three games she played. While she didn't win the championship, she got something much more valuable — a scholarship to Texas Tech.
[Source: LA Times]