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As part of our mission to empower youth to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders, the National Speech & Debate Association has a number of partnerships with professional organizations to provide additional opportunities for our student, coach, and alumni members.
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American Legion Oratorical Contest

The American Legion offers student members an opportunity to supplement their experiences in speech and debate competition, particularly in Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking. The contest generally starts at a local post before progressing through a contest format based on that department (state). Winners at department (state) level will move onto the national contest.  Participants compete for scholarships, including a grand prize of $25,000, runner-up receives $22,500 and third place received $20,000! Visit the American Legion website to get started.

The Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher that provides in-depth analysis and background on the foreign policy choices and opportunities facing the United States and the world today. Debate coaches and students can research current topical and regional issues at Foreign Affairs magazine.



CR SCORE is a platform that gives the encouragement and support of a college counselor, in the palm of your hand. CR SCORE’s mission is to empower students from all backgrounds, regardless of means, to be prepared for their educational future after high school. The app breaks down a student’s college readiness application and gives a score and detailed recommendations from a team of experts in each of the major sections of the college admissions process: grades and coursework, standardized tests, awards and extracurricular activities and work and volunteer experience. Learn more about getting CR SCORE for members of your team at

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Take a moment to learn a bit more about why individuals researchers, organizations, and libraries from around the world choose HeinOnline.

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Lions Club International

An NSDA Lions Club is a specialty club of Lions Clubs International focused on supporting the mission of the National Speech and Debate Association. As Lions, members are empowered to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding. An NSDA Lions Club undertakes activities that empower every child in the United States to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker, and leader in a democratic society. NSDA Lions Clubs will create a new generation of leaders in their respective communities to become spokespersons for community service.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute

The Great Communicator Debate Series holds regional debate competitions across the country culminating in a National Finale at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Winners from each region compete for a share of more than $50,000 in scholarship money at the national finals! Check out this Rostrum article for highlights from a past Great Communicator Debate Series capstone event.

State Organizations

Many state associations/leagues sponsor local tournaments throughout the year in addition to their own state tournament series, which enable students to earn rewards for their practice and dedication to one or more of our competitive events.