Triangle Debate League

Empowering Triangle Area Students through Speech and Debate

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Our Mission

 

Improving the lives of underserved students in the Research Triangle through the benefits of competitive debate and enriching the broader debate community through their participation.

Our Vision

 

We believe all students should have access to competitive speech and debate programs, which have been shown to improve academic and life skills and outcomes, broaden networks and horizons, and cultivate self-esteem, confidence, and core values.

Triangle Debate League (TDL) provides coaching, competitions, and opportunities for service to underserved high school students, at no cost, made possible by the generosity, ingenuity, and commitment of our partners, volunteers, and donors.

TDL serves as a stepping stone, an opportunity to build skills and relationships that will propel students to new personal, academic, and professional achievements. TDL further contributes to this advancement by providing its competitors opportunities to compete in district, state, and national debate tournaments and to give back as alumni coaches and volunteers.

Our History

 

Triangle Debate League was founded in the Fall of 2017 through approved funding from Cary Academy for the 2018-2019 school year. In Spring 2018, Duke University students formed the first coaching association chapter in support of our initiative. The TDL was formally incorporated and received 501(c)(3) status in November of 2018. Through Cary Academy’s ongoing generous financial support and volunteers from Duke University and other local colleges, the program was in full swing by late Fall 2018.   During the inaugural 2018-2019 school year, TDL fostered teams in three DPS schools: Southern, Hillside and Jordan High School; and hosted two tournaments at Cary Academy in Spring 2019.

Announcements

New Legislation for Tournament 3 Coming Soon!

Early next week, we will post the docket for our third tournament, tentatively scheduled for February 5. While practice sessions will be winding down soon, as our university coaches head into finals, we encourage you to do some research over the break so you can hit...

Congratulations TDL Tournament Contestants!

Thanks to all who helped make TDL's second tournament of this academic year a big success! Most of all, thanks to our great competitors how have blown us away with their level of achievement since the first tournament! You are all to be commended, keep up the great...

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Welcome to the 2019-20 TDL Season!

Welcome to Riverside High School and welcome back to Hillside, Jordan, and Southern High Schools!  We are excited to begin our second season.  If you haven't already, we will be contacting you to schedule recruitment activities and weekly meeting times.  If you have...

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