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Checkers Is the Heart and Soul of This Neighborhood

The Razor, The Stealer, The Pressure Man—these are just a few of the nicknames hard-earned by the players at Capital Checkers. Through good times and bad, this Washington D.C. club has been a staple in the community for more than 30 years. As the surrounding neighborhood continues to change, club president Tal Roberts reflects on the importance of keeping their tradition alive. "It is primarily important that we keep this game going and we keep our place right here in the nation's capital."

In this feel-good short film by David Ross at Brickyard Digital, meet the charming players of Capital Checkers and see why these gentlemen are passionate about the club they call family. Credits: Directing, cinematography, and editing by David Ross. Produced by Marc Elraheb.

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