To improve lives by bringing the benefits of competitive Speech and Debate to underserved students in the greater Research Triangle and in so doing to enrich the debate community.
Our vision is a world in which all students have access to competitive Speech and Debate opportunities. Research shows that Speech and Debate improves academic attainment, communication, and life skills, broadens networks and horizons, and cultivates self-esteem, confidence, and core values.
The Triangle Debate League (TDL) will provide coaching, competitions, and opportunities for service to high school students from historically underserved communities at no cost, by partnering with member high schools, local university coaching chapters, established high school debate teams and leagues, volunteers, and donors.
We see the TDL as a stepping stone, an opportunity to build skills and relationships that will propel students to new personal, academic, and professional achievements. To facilitate this advancement, the TDL also seeks to provide league students and teams opportunities to compete in local and national debate tournaments and to give back to the TDL as alumni coaches and volunteers.
The Triangle Debate League was founded in the Fall of 2017 through approved funding by Cary Academy for the 2018-2019 school year. By the Spring of 2018, Duke University had 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 continued 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, the TDL operated in three DPS schools: Southern, Hillside and Jordan High School; and hosted two tournaments at Cary Academy in the Spring of 2019.