Made In Chicago: Dominoes Mentor Travis Newsome

Steve Miller
December 31, 2018 - 9:00 am

Travis Newsome (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Travis Newsome of Naperville is a dominoes player, a three-time world champion, and teaches people how to play.

He wants to teach the game to Chicago Police officers.

“If we could get the police officers to play dominoes and then have them teach people in the community where they work, that should be a good start to helping improve relationships," Newsome said.

Newsome said he already has half a dozen officers interested. The name of his pilot program is Community 15:12.

"15:12 actually comes from John 15:12 in the Bible, talking about loving one another as I have loved you,” he said.

He said he'd like to get started in February.

"I envision a police officer having a table in his car. Maybe he'll stop on the street corner during the summertime and pull out his table, maybe have people come up and play dominoes with him," he said. "Of course, you can play a game in 15 or 20 minutes."

Newsome uses a set of dominoes his wife gave him.

"She thinks dominoes is the ‘other woman,’” he said with a laugh. “I said, 'Honey, I started playing dominoes 13 years before I married you. So, doesn't that make you the other woman.'"

For more information about Newsome and Community 15:12 click here.