PROTILES Gives Back
Pink Ribbon Tiles
For several years Protiles has been selling sets of white tiles with pink letters and a pink breast cancer
ribbon on the blanks. Five dollars from every set sold is donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Protiles donated 240 sets of tiles to the 2008 Players Championship in Dayton, OH.
Tiles for Teachers
Tiles for Teachers:
Protiles has collected and donated over 850 sets of tiles (as of August 2010) to teachers in the US and Canada
for use in their classrooms.
Here's a typical request: "I am interested in using letter tiles in my class next year to help teach spelling.
Unfortunately, we have no funding available. Do you ever make donations to a class or give a great discount to
teachers? I teach first grade at Bethlehem Elementary in Taylorsville, NC."
Some of the states where teachers have received tiles: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, California,
Illinois, New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, Texas, Indiana, Colorado, Arizona and North Carolina.
Rose Kreiswirth Award
Protiles also would like to honor Rose Kreiswirth's memory. Rose was an expert Scrabble® player for over
30 years and cherished the game for its educational values. An accomplished player, Rose was as well known for
her sense of fairness and her congeniality as she was for her competitiveness. The Rose Award will be
awarded each year at the National Scrabble Championship to a female player who, in the opinion of the judges, best exemplifies the fierce competitiveness and compassion that we remember Rose for.
The recipient of the 2012 Rose Award is a player who has consistently shown good sportsmanship and a competitive attitude in her foray into Division One.
Cheryl Tyler has maintained good cheer, and has been helpful to her fellow competitors in providing game equipment to other players who had none.
The 2011 winner is a player who is well known for both compassion and competitiveness.
She has been a mentor -- and much, much more -- to at least two of our upcoming young players.
She is a delight to play against and to be with, and she brings a smile and a spirit of happiness with her wherever she goes.
I can't imagine a player being more competitive than she is. For most of us, thirty-one games of Scrabble at the NSC are plenty.
But she was there playing the Lunch Bird tourney as well. And she was up early every morning,
competing against herself with an intense workout in the exercise room. Finally, she is doing all of this while competing against
something much greater, as she is undergoing active treatment for cancer.
It is an honor and a pleasure to award the 2011 Rose Award to Katya Lezin.
Lilla Sinanan, a competitive and compassionate player, of whom Rose would have been proud,
was the 2010 winner of the Rose Award. Lilla was in contention for the Division 4 prize money,
and it was a fierce and competitive race. Most of the contenders were young men, one of whom was playing
only his second tournament. He had kind of a rough session one day and was quite upset.
Lilla gave him a pep talk. He ended up placing 2nd, and Lilla finished just out of the money.
Because of her strong competitiveness, her graciousness in all circumstances, her cheerfulness,
and most of all her compassion for her rivals, Lilla is the perfect recipient of this award.
NSC Director Mary Rhoades reports: The 2009 Rose Award was won by
Deborah Gaudier, whose 1111 rating was far below that
of the division she chose to play in -- Division 1! She won only two games (one was a bye), and had a
wonderful attitude the whole tournament. It was a lovely ceremony!
Beginning June 1, 2009 Protiles will donate 10% of the sales price of every set our customers order to these
good causes. We'll send sets to school teachers, we'll honor Rose,and we'll support breast cancer research.
When you order Protiles tell us where you'd like the 10% to go. If you choose not to choose, we'll choose for you.
Either way you'll know that we're doing something good together.