Category Archives: Philanthropy

Help Your Favorite Team Win The (Fundraising) NDT

The 65th National Debate Tournament will be held on March 25-28 at the University of Texas-Dallas. As part of the festivities, Debate Central and the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance have organized a Fundraising NDT that allows interested parties to support their favorite teams by donating money to support urban debate in Dallas:

Donate money in the name of the NDT entry of your choice. The School who has the most donations in support of spreading debate in Dallas will receive recognition by both Debate Central and the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance.

Check the website often to see your school’s standings, donate more, and for NDT record updates throughout the NDT.

Monday evening, we will also have a fundraising event including discounted drinks and snacks. Join us at the NDT hotel.

Those interested in donating can visit the website for more information. The current leaders are Northwestern, Dartmouth, and Northern Iowa.

Dodge Balls for Charity

Someone found the 3nr because they work in the dodgeball industry apparently and sent me this email. Could be a fun thing if you got your school to accept contributing as a service credit .

I saw you posted some rules for a dodgeball tournament. Although I don’t know what Glenbrooks is, I thought I would send you this link: Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.

Best regards,


P.S. I also read and liked your laptop guidance blog entry.”

Oh the irony..

Vote Today To Support Detroit Urban Debate Education

The Detroit Urban Debate Education project is one of eight finalists for the October ideablob contest. Unfortunately, they are way behind the first place project in the voting—it would be great if all of our loyal 3NR readers would take a few minutes to change that.

Idea Description

Detroit Urban Debate Education (DUDE) gives students a brighter future by closing the graduation gap between inner city and suburban schools, increasing college enrollment and reading levels to exceed top-level schools, and improving the long term economic prosperity of inner cities.
Students across the country reap urban debate’s benefits as they enter prestigious universities like Emory, Northwestern, and the University of California-Berkeley. Our organization works with the University of Michigan and Wayne State University to bring the same opportunity to Detroit’s students.

What will you do if you win $10,000 for this idea?

The $10k prize will allow us to provide the means and motivation to help debaters become more improved writers, speakers, researchers and communicators. On average, urban debaters literacy scores increase by 25%, achieve graduation rates of nearly 100%, and nearly 91% pursue higher education.
We will provide highly qualified teachers and coaches all interested high schools, host a city-wide tournament ourselves that would raise money to create a sustainable debate program, and provide a long-requested workshop to teachers and coaches. The funding will also be used to cover transportation to national tournaments and scholarships for students to attend debate summer camps.

On a related note, the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues has provided some updated information about the scholarly evidence supporting the effectiveness of UDLs including a new peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Negro Education.

Please take a few minutes and vote for Detroit Urban Debate Education.