The William Woods Tate, Jr., Memorial Fund was designed to help high schools attend the National Speech & Debate Tournament. In 2021, the Tate Fund provides financial assistance to teams and students to create a more equitable experience.
The Tate Fund will provide grants ranging from $50 -$500. These funds are intended to purchase technology, pay for internet access, rent appropriate competition space, or acquire other resources that will allow for a more equitable experience.
In 2021, the NSDA has pledged $100,000 toward this effort. We ask coaches to apply and use their best judgement to help us ensure we direct limited funding to the students who most need the support.