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Welcome to the New York City Travel Team! New York City debaters are the best debaters in the nation! Our students have won city, state, regional and national titles and have broken every glass ceiling! Beginner and Intermediate Debaters should first start with local and regional tournaments. Travel Team should only be for advanced varsity debaters who have won several local and regional tournaments.
On any given weekend there are local, regional, state, and national tournaments! This makes debate the most rigorous academic program hands down! You wont find any other academic program with as many academic competitions! In fact, the Speech & Debate National Championships is the largest academic competition in the entire world with thousands of students participating.
While the costs of regional and national travel are prohibitive and prevent many students and schools from competition at a national level – our mission is to shatter these glass ceilings. And so the NYCUDL provides partial support for schools to travel. Ultimately, chaperoning, transportation and housing is done through individual schools based on Chancellor Regulations, liabilities, and funding. However, the NYCUDL will cover the costs of tournament registration, meals, provide logistics, hire coaches for the Tournament and also direct Travel Team practices on a weekly basis at our office. It is important to note that all our travel policies and scholarship opportunities are always dependent on funding, staffing, tournament logistics and can be changed at anytime. Nearly all travel is done by schools on their own. We try our best to provide as much support as possible.
Thank You to the Brown Rudnick Public Interest Foundation
There would be no NYC Urban Debate League without the incredible support of Brown Rudnick Law Firm. Brown Rudnick supported the league in its infancy when it started with a debate team “The Great Debaters” in a single classroom in the South Bronx with the mission that debate should be accessible to all. Since then, Brown Rudnick has supported the expansion of the Great Debaters citywide and the New York City Urban Debate League was founded. And so we have named our national awarding Travel Team after Brown Rudnick. Our Travel Team was built to ensure that there is no glass ceiling limiting our Great Debaters so that our debaters would have access and opportunity to compete in the nation’s most prestigious and competitive debate tournaments.