NICE Chess

N.I.C.E. effort to bring together cops and kids

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — Most people love to get bagels for breakfast. Not Lisa Suhay. She shows up for bagels at Yorgo’s on Colonial Avenue right at closing time — at 3 p.m.

The strange thing is — they’ve been expecting her.

“So glad to see you,” the owner said.

“How are we fixed for bagels today?” Lisa asked.

Yorgo’s gives Lisa a big Hefty bag full of bagels that are leftover at the end of the business day. Instead of throwing them away, they give them to Lisa to satisfy her hunger to help people she cares about.

And the bag is heavy.

“This is what you do when you love kids,” Lisa said.

The kids she loves are engaged in programs at Lambert’s Point Rec Center near ODU. And they are pumped when they see her haul.

But, they’re not the only ones excited about the big bag of bagels.

“I thought cops like doughnuts?” I asked Norfolk Police Officer Benjamin Serrano.

“That’s just an old wives tale,” he said.

Lisa uses bagels to bring kids and cops together while they play each other in games of chess. The program is called “Norfolk Initiative for Chess Excellence” and it allows children and police to interact with each other in a positive way.

It’s working.

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