Pasadena Educational Foundation Presents the Ray Joiner Chess Tournament

Published : Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | 7:31 PM

Celebrating Volunteerism

What do chess and volunteerism have in common?

Fourteen years ago, a man named Ray Joiner, passionate about chess, began volunteering as a chess teacher in Pasadena Unified Schools and in PASED’s Summer Enrichment Program. The relationships he formed with his elementary and middle school students not only transformed them into passionate chess players, but into chess volunteers themselves. Year after year, his students returned to pass on their love of chess and the tradition of service to other students, who also grew to love chess and returned to volunteer. Their passion inspired PASED to expand the idea of youth service into all its summer classes. Today, nearly 200 teenagers from the San Gabriel Valley find out what it is like to give service in the fields they are passionate about through the Summer Volunteer Youth Leader program.

It started with Ray Joiner, the game of chess, and a willingness to give.

Ray passed away this year. Please join PASED to thank Ray, celebrate his love of chess, and to honor his legacy of service. Ray Joiner is PASED’s HALO Award Angel.

* Elementary, Middle, and High School Divisions
* Novice to Expert
* Prizes, and more!

Open to all Pasadena Unified School Students. With support from a 2018 HALO Award. Sign up now!

Pasadena Educational Foundation, 351 South Hudson Avenue RM 153 Pasadena,  (626) 396-3625 or visit








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