THANK YOU DISTRICT LEADERS!  As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we strive to help you understand the commitment that district leaders have made to help your school’s students and others in your state access speech and debate. Without these dedicated coaches and educators, the future of our activity would not be as bright!

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We hope you will join us July 28-31, 2018, for the second annual NSDA National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. We are excited to offer a range of sessions that support our theme of Radiant Voices: Empowerment through Speech and Debate.

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Who We Are

The National Speech & Debate Association was created in 1925 to provide recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities. While our organization has evolved over the decades, our mission is more relevant today than ever before. We connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate.

What We Do

The National Speech & Debate Association is the world’s largest honor society devoted to speech and debate activities, and bestows numerous awards and recognition to students, coaches, and schools. We also host the largest academic competition in the world, the National Speech & Debate Tournament. In addition, we provide numerous benefits to our members, such as resources, programs, publications, and scholarships.

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