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Hi Friend,  

Today we thank everyone for making the New York City Urban Debate League possible. I joined debate because I was one of the shyest students in class. I became hooked on debate and learned more in debate than all my high school, college and graduate school classes combined. More importantly, I met so many inspirational debaters, coaches and teachers along the way. And so we take today to thank you for making debate possible. To our volunteers and judges - thank you for making every debate tournament possible. We could not have debates without you. Thank you for your patience from 8:00am-8:00pm on a Saturday! To our students, families and parents - thank you for dedicating all your time to debate, spending weekends at debate tournaments, spending evenings studying and practicing debate. To our staff, interns, board members, donors and supporters - thank you for all your work and support, everyday of the week, making the debate league possible. And to our coaches and teachers - thank you so much for making debate possible for your schools and students. I owe everything to my own debate coach, Mr. Lindsey. And so Happy Thanksgiving everyone and thank you for believing in our mission that all schools and students should have access to debate. And of course I cannot forget with #Giving Tuesday right around the corner, please consider donating to the NYC Urban Debate League so we can continue to bring debate to more schools and more students. Our board is matching the first $8000 in donations, so double your impact! Check out our donation page to donate and check out your impact! 

Happy Thanksgiving! - Erik,

“If I were to choose any single activity in college which has contributed most to my career, I would certainly choose debating." (Click for benefits of debate)

- Samuel B. Gould, President, Antioch College

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THE FLOW!  Weekly Highlights of Everything NYC Debate!  

Saturday (11/17) High School Tournament #2! Thank you to Clinton HS, Worldview and Bronx Collaborative for hosting our second HS Tournament for both policy debate and public forum debate. Click here for Tournament Results! Click here for Tournament Photo Album! Click here for Tournament Video!

Saturday (11/17) Middle School Debate Club! Meanwhile during HS Tournament #3 in another borough we were hosting over 40 middle school debaters in our Debate Club! Learn more.

Sunday (11/25) Harlem Globetrotters & NYC Urban Debate! Thank you to the Harlem Globetrotters and Youth Inc. for an incredible Thanksgiving Weekend! All NYCUDL students, families, coaches, volunteers, staff and everyone is invited to the game at Barclays this Sunday. (while tickets last!) Contact your coach or us for details! Click here to learn more about our Debate Field Trips!

Tuesday (11/27) Giving Tuesday! #GivingTuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a movement to create an international day of giving. Please consider giving to expand debate opportunities for youth in NYC. Double Your DEBATE Donation this Giving Tuesday! Our Board is generously matching the first $8000.00 in donations!  Click here to donate! 

Wednesday (11/28) High School Varsity Practice. Every Wednesday we host a Varsity Debate Practice at our office. Contact your coach or us for details. Learn more about the NYC Debate Center.

Saturday (12/1) Middle School Tournament 3! Thank you to Inwood Academy and IN-Tech Academy for hosting MS Tournament #3! Arrival time is always 9am! If you arrive late you can still debate in Round #2 and Round #3.  Coaches, be sure to register all teams by Monday 5pm of the week of the tournament. Volunteers! Tournaments cannot happen without you. Please click here to volunteer as a judge or any other capacity! MS Tournament CalendarHS Tournament Calendar.

Saturday (12/1) High School Debate Club Practice.  The NYC High School Debate Club meets on Saturdays, 12pm-2pm at the NYC Debate Center. Learn more.

Sunday (12/2) & Wednesday (12/5) Screening of "Harlem Legacy" and Panel! Click here for the Trailer! "Harlem Legacy "follows two middle schoolers from P.S 161 Pedro Albizu Campos Middle School, who defy both academic barriers and racial stereotypes through the “rigorous academic sport of debate." Showing at the Riverside Church and Columbia University the first week of December! Learn more. And click here for free tickets for schools! 

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Give to Debate this Giving Tuesday!

#GivingTuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a movement to create an international day of giving. Please consider giving to expand debate opportunities for youth in NYC.Double Your DEBATE Donation this Giving Tuesday! Our Board is generously matching the first $8000.00 in donations! Click here to donate! 

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Travel Team Preparing for Princeton University & Merrimack High School

Saturday, November 3rd we hosted our monthly Travel Team Practice to prepare for the December Tournaments coming up. Reminder for Teams to register ASAP for these tournaments. Learn more about Princeton! 


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