In the 2[phone redacted] debate season, Lenny and Kevin became the first debaters of color to win the 45th Annual West Point Debate Tournament at the United States Military Academy. In January of 2013, Ameena became the first Black woman to win top speaker at the Fear and Loathing Tournament hosted by the University of Texas at Dallas. At the 67th National Debate Tournament, which both teams qualified for, Ameena and Korey became two of five Black women, in the history of the tournament, to ever make it into the "Sweet 16," the top sixteen teams out of 78 at the tournament, while Ameena became one of four Black women to be among the top 20 speakers of 156.
After a rough summer, where we struggled to sustain our team despite unwarranted threats of travel suspension and scholarship revocation, and changes in coaching staff, Towson Debate returned, making our first appearance of the 2[phone redacted] season at the Henry Clay Debates hosted by the University of Kentucky. At the tournament, Ameena and Korey finished among the top eight while Lenny and Kevin finished among the top sixteen of 148 teams; Korey, Ameena, and Kevin where among the top 30 speakers of 296 competitors, with Korey among the top 20.
Unfortunately, as we began reaching levels of success the team had not before seen, we were notified that our university would not be funding our travel to compete at the Harvard University Tournament. Given the importance of the tournament to our competitive success, and given the importance of our competitive success to the work that we do in our communities, we are seeking outside funding for our travel. We would greatly appreciate your help!
WHAT WE NEED FOR 4 STUDENTS & 2 COACHES:
$60- shuttle while in Cambridge
$490 tournament fees
WHEN WE NEED IT:
October 21, 2013
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