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Author Topic: Tournament of Champions Announcement  (Read 2548 times)
andreareed
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« on: November 18, 2011, 07:59:00 AM »

Greetings,

The Tournament of Champions is pleased to announce the creation of the Tournament of Champions Charitable Foundation, Inc. In its first forty years, the TOC has set the standard for excellence in competitive high school debate. We believe that in the future, the Tournament should realize its true progressive potential by harnessing the philanthropic power of over 5000 alumni that span 41 years of competition. We believe the TOC is positioned to offer unique contributions to efforts to bridge the gap between excellence and economic need in our community. As such, the TOC Foundation is committed to funding and implementing the following objectives:

-Fee Reductions
The current economic climate has created hardships for many high school debate programs around the nation. In order to maximize the opportunities for competition, the Tournament of Champions seeks to reduce entry fees across the board for all events. The TOC will reduce fees by one-third to one-half in 2012.

-Breakfast of Champions Sponsorship
The past fee for the Breakfast of Champions is history. Instead, the breakfast and awards ceremony will be open for all participants in 2012 at no cost, underwritten by a generous sponsor to be named.

-Academic Scholarships for Champions
Based on the National Forensic League Tournament scholarship model, the TOC would like to award $10,000 in scholarship awards to the winning team in Policy and Public Forum Debate ($5,000 per student), $5,000 to the Lincoln Douglas champion, and $5,000 for the National Champion Senator and Representative in Congress. The TOC would give $5,000 total for the second place team in Policy and Public Forum. It would give $2,500 for second place in Lincoln Douglas. The Foundation is currently reaching out to donors to achieve this objective. It is our hope to announce something concrete on this front in the coming weeks and months for the 2012-2013 season.

-Travel Grants
The Tournament of Champions would like to ensure that all teams who can compete at the highest levels of debate can attend the tournament regardless of their economic situation. In order to fund this outreach effort, the Tournament seeks to create travel grants for the purpose of helping competitive teams attempt to qualify for and attend the TOC. A committee will be established to evaluate applications for the grants. Awards could range from $1,000-2,500 depending on need. Our goal is to begin this program for the 2012-2013 season.

Moving forward
In the coming weeks, we will be announcing a Board of Directors for the Foundation as well as other details. We are actively seeking input from all interested parties to help us inform the development of what we hope will become an important source of empowerment and philanthropy in our community. We are looking for suggestions for Board members and hope that you might be interested. Please contact us if you are or if you have suggestions for potential nominations.

Sincerely,

Andrea Reed, Director of the Tournament of Champions
Dr. JW Patterson, Founder of the Tournament of Champions
Dave Arnett, Head Debate Coach-University of Kentucky
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