NORWALK, Conn. -- The Friends of Ryan Park in Norwalk put their minds and bodies to the test as they hosted the third Annual Human Chess Games on Saturday in the park.
State Rep. Bruce V. Morris (D-140th District) dug into his role as master of ceremonies as this year’s friendly competition featured Team Norwalk Fire Department vs. Team Norwalk Police Department.
Acting Deputy Fire Marshal Broderick Sawyer from the Fire Department also gave away free smoke alarms with 10-year lithium batteries for Norwalk residents. Lt. Shawn Wong distributed "Junior Police" badges to the children.
In the chess game, the queens were played by two little girls from Door of Hope Summer Enrichment Camp held at Ryan Park. The kings were played by two teenagers who worked as tutors during camp. Chris Potts, treasurer of the Friends of Ryan Park, was the chess master who moved the pieces on the life-size board.
After the Human Chess Game and dinner, the children from the camp performed a play they wrote about gardening, then performed a dance routine with their teenage tutors.
“The children wanted to perform their play for the homeless people who help us clean Ryan Park,” Ganga Duleep, president and founding member of the Friends of Ryan Park, said in a statement.
“At a time when Miss Donna [Wimpfheimer] had to leave the children with other teachers to take care of administrative hassle after hassle, the homeless denizens of Ryan Park stepped up to help Miss Donna clean up trash in their park."
The group photo includes former police chief and candidate for mayor Harry Rilling; Acting Deputy Fire Marshal Broderick Sawyer; Lt. Shawn Wong; Rep. Bruce Morris; Councilwoman Anna Duleep; Ganga Duleep, President of the Friends of Ryan Park; Chris Potts, treasurer of the Friends of Ryan Park and chess arbiter who moved the pieces in the game; and Donna Wimpfheimer and Karen Bruchac, the co-directors of the Door of Hope Summer Enrichment Camp at Ryan Park.