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2021 Expo “Opening Night” Fundraiser

Virtual Fundraiser

Generous “Opening Night” Sponsors

Tom and Vicki Rollins

Randal and Liz Sandler

Special thanks also goes to The Nirav and Alexis Patel Family Trust for their support of the Debater of Year Award and Finalists.


For information on NAUDL sponsorship opportunities, please contact Madalyn Messer-Brooks at madalyn.messerbrooks@urbandebate.org or 312.427.0176.


Join us for our Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, April 15, 2021
6pm CDT
Livestream Virtual Event

Keynote Speaker: Doug Glanville, MLB Veteran and Community Advocate

>>Download Invitation

NAUDL’s marquee event for the last several years has been the Urban Debate National Tournament (UDNC), which welcomes two high school debate pairs from each of NAUDL’s  partner leagues to compete and network for three action-packed days. Traditionally, the weekend is kicked-off by NAUDL’s Annual Dinner, our organization’s largest fundraiser. Obviously, in-person events continue to be non-negotiable for the health and safety of our students, coaches and staff, in the coming months. However, it opens an opportunity for NAUDL to shift this flagship event to something centered around community and growth, and not just competition alone. As such, this spring (April 16-18), we will be hosting the first ever NAUDL Debate Expo, combining a round-robin competition with coach and student workshops — as well as virtual engagement events.

The Expo will commence with an “Opening Night” live virtual fundraiser, which will include the Debater of the Year speech, Coach of the Year recognition, guest speakers and a Paddle Raise (feed-the-need).

In 2022, pending a return to “normal” and in-person events, we plan to resume the traditional Annual Dinner and our longstanding National Championship. However, we expect the online EXPO to continue as a separate platform to bring the Urban Debate Network together in a unique way.

See this year’s honorees and profiles, including the Debater of the Year. 

Couldn’t attend, but want to donate? Donate to our virtual Paddle Raise auction

Questions? Contact Madalyn Messer-Brooks, Director of Development, at madalyn.messerbrooks@urbandebate.org.

Your support of the Virtual Paddle Raise, large or small, will help to ensure the adaptability and continuity of NAUDL’s program and resources.  With your help, we are more committed than ever to preparing the next generation to lead and succeed.

The virtual Paddle Raise is now closed! However, you can always make a donation to NAUDL by clicking the “Donate” button at the top of your screen.

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