Debate Field Trips

As a member of the New York City Urban Debate League, students, parents, and teachers have opportunities throughout the year to attend other special events. Past Trips have included from visiting the White House to filming with Sarah Silberman or Trevor Noah to the Harlem Globetrotters & NY Yankees to Ringing in the Stock Market. Throughout the year we offer field trip opportunities for families!  If you are member of the New York City Urban Debate League, look out for special trips and events! 



Michelle Obama at the Barclays Arena

NYCUDL high schools are invited to First Lady Michelle Obama's book tour of her memoir, "Becoming," which will be held at the Barclays Arena. In her memoir, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

You will not find a better program to engage students in current events, civics, and politics then the New York City Urban Debate League!!  And you will not find a more engaging, more humorous, and more relevent news television program than the Daily Show! What a partnership! Thanks to the Daily Show's support of the NYC Urban Debate League and current events education opportunities, several times each year we offer VIP passes to the Daily Show with Trevor Noah!  Each year over 100 teachers, coaches, alumni and volunteers are able to take a trip to the Daily Show as a VIP!  


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Debate Night with the NY Mets at Citi Field!  

Thanks to the NY Mets, Citi Foundation and National Association of Urban Debate Leagues for hosting our Great Debaters each year at Citi Field!  All our Great Debaters - students, coaches, parents, volunteers and staff are invited to attend a Mets Game for free!  



Intelligence Squared

Intelligence Squared is a program for you and your debaters to take a break from debate for an evening of dinner and watching and judging adult debates at Lincoln Center! Thanks to an incredible partnership with Intelligence Squared, debate teams have a Date with Debate! The evening starts with a  dinner at the restaurant of choice for your Debate Team! After dinner, your team will have VIP access to the nation’s most extraordinary series of adult debates with Intelligence Squared. Top policy experts are invited to Lincoln Center several times each month to face off in adult debates. You and your students are invited to watch these debates, ask questions to the debaters and judge the debates. This program is limited to NYCUDL member schools and spots are limited, so make sure you contac for questions and sign up.  Thank you to Intelligence Squared for this extraordinary opportunity.



Boston and Harvard University

Each year all our high school varsity debate schools are invited to the Harvard University Debate Invitational for a trip to Boston and debates at Harvard University. We provide scholarships for each high school in the debate league to send one debate team and the coach to visit Boston and compete at the Harvard Debate Invitational.  Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and has incredible historical sites to visit including key events of the American Revolution including the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston.  Additionally, there are numerous and incredible colleges and universities to visit in Boston.




Yale University

Our first trip of every school year!!  Thanks to an incredible partnership with the Yale University Debate Team and several of our alumni who attend Yale University, this is our first trip of the school year where students have the opportunity to visit, tour and debate at Yale Univeristy.  All varsity high schools that are members of the Travel Team are invited to send up to two debaters and one teacher/chaperone to the Yale University Trip and Tournament!  

Yale has graduated many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 20 living billionaires[11] and many heads of state. In addition, Yale has graduated hundreds of members of Congress and many high-level U.S. diplomats. 58 Nobel laureates, 5 Fields Medalists, 78 MacArthur Fellows, 247 Rhodes Scholars and 119 Marshall Scholars have been affiliated with the university.


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Rutgers University & Newark

Each year we visit our sister urban debate league in New Jersey at the Newark Invitational Tournament which takes place in Newark, NJ and Rutgers University. Rutgers University also features one of the top debate programs in the nation and winners of several collegiate championships!  U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" has named Rutgers University's Newark campus, the most diverse national university in the United States since 1997. 



Washington D.C. and Georgetown University

After the Yale University Trip, the next destination of our Travel Team is the Georgetown University Debate Invitational Tournament in our nation's capital!  

All three branches are centered in the District - Congress (legislative), President (executive), and Supreme Court (judicial). Washington is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall. The city hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, trade unions, non-profit organizations, lobbying groups, and professional associations.


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Princeton University

Every December our high school varsity programs visit and compete at the Princeton University Debate Invitational!  

The university has graduated many notable alumni. As of 2017, Princeton has been associated with 43 Nobel laureates, 21 National Medal of Science winners, 14 Fields Medalists, 5 Abel Prize winners, 10 Turing Award laureates, five National Humanities Medal recipients, 209 Rhodes Scholars, 139 Gates Cambridge Scholars and 126 Marshall Scholars.[17] Two U.S. Presidents, 12 U.S. Supreme Court Justices (three of whom currently serve on the court) and numerous living billionaires and foreign heads of state are all counted among Princeton's alumni body. Princeton has also graduated many prominent members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Cabinet, including eight Secretaries of State, three Secretaries of Defense and three of the past five Chairs of the Federal Reserve. Pictured below is Room 302 lecture hall at Frist Campus Center restored to its condition when Albert Einstein taught there.


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Pot Lucks! 

At the end of the year we host our End of the Year Middle School Awards Ceremony and Pot Luck in Long Island City at the beautiful and new Hunters Point Community Middle School campus which overlooks the sea, and incredible and fun access to parks, basketball and more. This event is open to all our middle school debaters and families to celebrate together the end of the debate season. 

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The Harlem Globetrotters

Thank you to the Harlem Globetrotters for your support of the NYC Urban Debate League. The Harlem Globetrotters support charities and youth across the world and is the most historic American basketball team with its roots when professional basketball was dominated by all white teams and African Americans excluded. The Harlem Globetrotters defeated the all white basketball teams and when basketball was integrated, Harlem Globetrotters were the first black players to be drafted as well as the first African American player to sign an NBA contract. From segregated United States to Cold War Russia to charities around the world, the Harlem Globetrotters mission is to make the world a better place and we are so thankful for our partnership. 




The New York Yankees

The New York City Urban Debate League was born only blocks away from Yankee Stadium at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice and one of our first partners was of course the NY Yankees!! Thank you to the NY Yankees for such a long partnership of support of debate in the Bronx and New York City! 


Ringing in the Stock Market



NYC Debaters have been invited several times to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange as well as the NASDAQ Market Bell. These are also incredible opportunities to visit a Trading Floor, meet with folks in finance and learn about careers in Wall Street and more. We thank all our incredible partners and volunteers for making such trips happen.  

Broadway!  "What the Constitution Means to Me"



Not just a field trip but celebration of our literal Broadway Star, Rosdely Ciprian who is star of the Tony nominated Broadway hit, "What the Constitution Means to Me." Click here more about Rosdely. Thanks to the folks of Broadway, we were invited to send 50 high school debaters from our Summer Leaders Program to the show!  Don't break a leg! 

And More! 

And every year features new trips and opportunities. Previous years trips have included invitations to be on sitcoms (Sarah Silberman), White House visits (President Obama and Michelle Obama), Broadway Shows and more!