The Queen of Katwe

From living in the streets in the slums of Katwe to learning chess in a Sports Outreach Institute missionary program to becoming one of her nation’s top chess players competing in international competitions, Phiona Mutesi has come a long way from the 9-year old girl who came for a cup of porridge. The subject of dozens of media stories and a book, “The Queen of Katwe,” which has now been made into a Disney movie. Phiona is an inspiration to millions, and especially to girls in a nation where girls are particularly marginalized.

Despite all of Phiona’s recognition and “success” as many call it, she has always kept her focus on God, family, and friends. Phiona has said many times, she recognizes how blessed her life has become because of chess and how she wants to open the doors of opportunity for other girls and women.

It is amazing to see how Phiona has so quickly progressed from student to teacher and child to mentor; she is a true example of hope in Uganda.


Meet Phiona and see her story!

This story along with countless others like it are only possible because of thousands of individuals who take part in a Spirit-led movement with the goal of Restoring Hope and Transforming Lives. If you would like to join the mission by supporting the ongoing chess ministry program, please click one of the following links below.

Help Us Complete the SOM Chess Academy

The new Chess Academy will facilitate chess instruction for hundreds of additional students and instructors to help expand and improve the quality of chess education. A tournament hall will host local and national events while computers and internet access will allow our children to interact with other “chess kids” from around the world. The new facility is part of an 11-acre safe haven for children in Kampala. Please help us raise the funds to build this new facility and provide opportunities for the bright children at the SOM Chess Academy.


Help sponsor ongoing SOM Chess Programs

Make a monthly commitment of $10, $20 or $30 to sponsor children in our ongoing Chess Ministry.

$25 Provides a training material packet and covers the cost of a child’s trainer.

$500 Allows us to host a chess tournament at one of our locations.


To find out more information about the chess ministry program, how to get involved, donate items or if you want to go and see it first-hand, please fill out the form below.

Chess Ministry Interest Form