Bridging age gap: Once-popular card game seeks young players but is not finding them locally

photo Allison King studies her cards Monday at the Bridge Center.

SCHOOL TEACHES BRIDGE TO STUDENTSThe Blue Aces Bridge Club for youth at Lamplighter Montessori School in Cordova, Tenn., is one of dozens of schools nationwide that offers bridge clubs for elementary and middle school students. The club -- the only such bridge club in Tennessee -- has seven members, says Elise Rodriguez, school librarian and club moderator.It was created in 2007 after the founding of School Bridge League that was largely funded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Since then, additional youth bridge organizations, most notably youth4bridge.org, managed by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), was founded."The ACBL has made a phenomenal commitment to young people playing bridge and covers their 'playing fees' at all national tournaments," Rodriguez says.