Be an Advocate for Speech and Debate!

Speech and debate is a life-changing activity that should be available for all students, but sometimes you need help making the case for speech and debate to your school and your community. Use the resources in this page to help advocate for your team!

Advocacy Articles

This is a list of articles from journalists, columnists, educators, and others that explain the benefits of speech and debate. They may be useful in convincing administrators, parents, students, or donors to support and participate in speech and debate.

Invite School Administrators to Tournaments

Inviting administrators from area schools to attend local tournaments is a great way to spread the word about speech and debate and gain administrative support for your team! Download our letter templates for inviting school administrators with and without speech and debate programs.

Fundraising Guide for Speech and Debate Teams

Raising funds for your team can be a daunting process, but we’ve prepared some materials that should help you get started! Download our Fundraising Guide and Additional Fundraising Strategies for Speech and Debate Teams, co-written by Edco and the National Speech & Debate Association.

NSDE Day Toolkit

National Speech and Debate Education Day is an important celebration for the speech and debate community. Learn how NSDE Day can help you raise participation in your program with this toolkit!

Spread the Word

Amplify your team’s reach by making sure everyone hears about it! Get started with our local press release template.

Letters in Support of Speech and Debate

Sometimes you can’t make the case for speech and debate all by yourself. That’s why we’ve collected letters written by prominent educators, coaches, and advocates of the activity that may help you as you champion this powerful and transformative activity.