Buy a T-Shirt and Support the Voices Foundation

We are now in the final day to purchase a TOC 2013 t-shirt. After tomorrow evening, there will be none available for order. You can buy or check the time remaining at any point at

All proceeds go to the Voices Foundation, which supports debaters who otherwise could not afford to attend camps or tournaments. If you would like to donate directly to Voices, please click the Donate button here, where you can send funds by PayPal or credit card: Click here for donation page.

If you have any questions or problems with ordering your shirt, please contact Steven Adler at sjadler2004 AT gmail DOT com. The shirt should arrive about a week after TOC, and you’ll be doing your part to help out disadvantaged debaters!

There is a back to the shirt as well, which is viewable in higher resolution at the purchase page here:

  • MizzBeel

    Steven, I just want to thank you again for creating this fundraiser. I remember John McKay of Menlo Park as one of the brightest, most easy-going, kindest debaters this community has ever seen. My hope is that everyone who purchased a shirt will also read about the Voices Foundation, and John’s vision of philanthropy for and within the debate community. Every time I leaf through my album of photos from my years at VBI, I pause over the pictures of John wielding a water gun on “fun day,” and think about what a shame it is that the current crop of debaters can’t hire him to coach. At least by supporting Voices, though, we can ensure that his legacy lives on!

    • sjadler

      Thank you, I really appreciate that. I never met John, but I was judged by his mother at one of my early circuit tournaments, and I had the pleasure of attending the Voices RR twice. It was always a great experience, and I’m happy that his legacy is able to live on through the institution.

  • sjadler

    Hey everybody,

    Just wanted to give an update on how the fundraising is going. At TOC I gave Dan Meyers the check for the first run of shirts–$382 “profit” raised for Voices. The second run ends tomorrow, and the check will be shipped directly to Voices so that it doesn’t even have to go through me this time. So far, the second run has raised about $360 (slightly lower margins because a smaller upfront commitment), but that amount will rise with any additional purchases.

    Thanks for helping out by sharing the word–I’m thrilled that there was so much interest, and I hope that other people will take initiative to try to raise more money for good causes. What I focused on was finding something that people would want and then charging a markup that goes to fund the charity–and I’m sure that there are other gaps in the community that people could fill to raise money as well. I’m happy to help kick around ideas that people might have!

    And if you haven’t bought yet, you still can at !


    • great idea and great cause. thanks, steven!

  • Does anyone have extra judging available for TOC?

  • I’m not sure where to post this but this seemed to be the most relevant: I think anyone attending the toc who has the ability to should film some rounds this weekend. The videos last year were extremely popular and unfortunately stopped this year, but filming and watching rounds is an extremely good learning tool for younger debaters who may not be able to afford camp or lack a coach during the year. There are still all the videos from last year up, but it certainly can’t hurt to see newer rounds.

    • I couldn’t agree more. The videos are insanely helpful, and really really really help debaters who don’t have the means to afford a coach or aren’t in the circuit debater loop. I’ll get a camera and record some of my rounds so long as the person I’m debating is ok with it, I encourage others to do the same.

  • sjadler

    I just added a note to the article to clarify any confusion, but there will NOT be any extras available for sale at TOC. If you think you might want one, then you need to order now–because the only shirts that will print are those ordered ahead of time. This avoids having to risk the fund-raising by printing a bunch of shirts that people might not end up buying (and would drive down the donation amount); instead, the exact amount of shirts gets printed. So, if you would like one, you should go ahead and buy now!

  • Thelonelywolf

    Is this a joke? Road to TOC? Cause TOC is the most important end goal, right? And disadvantaged debaters are likely to show up there, right?

    • sjadler

      Nothing here entails anything you’re saying. I noticed two needs: One, that it would be cool to have a shirt for TOC, and two, that it would be cool if that shirt helped raise money for a good cause. If you want to do something else, you’re more than welcome to do so.

      • Thelonelywolf

        My bad. My initial reaction was “buy this shirt because it’ll help everyone go to TOC” but that’s clearly not the case.

    • BenjaminKoh

      It says “road to kentucky” regardless- not road to TOC. I’m up to discuss whether or not the TOC is actually in kentucky though.

    • holy shirt, is this what we’re gonna argue about now?

      • Thelonelywolf

        I chuckled.

    • Holy cow, you will complain about literally anything. Mr. Adler is attempting to raise funds for Voices, which allows less privileged kids get to camp, perhaps increasing their odds of getting to the TOC. At the same time, we get a neat shirt. I’m absolutely certain that you are correct that there is a global conspiracy against you and people like you, but I’m equally certain that Mr. Adler’s lovely t-shirt project is not part of it. Geez.

      • Mr. McGinnis, with all due respect, it’s kind of disheartening to see a debate coach and an adult in the community who is supposed to support children write comments like these to anonymous kids on the internet.

        • I assumed from the brilliance of his prose that he was an adult, so I felt free to let loose with my vicious and withering diatribe. Dangers of anonymity, I guess.

          • Perhaps you’ve clarified this elsewhere, but I’m interested in why you seem to oppose anonymity. For instance, in this thread, you’ve used anonymity to discredit a perspective and, after the edit, try to connect a face to an anonymous account. Why exactly?

          • Fair question.

            First, I don’t think I connected Jess’ face with the anonymous comment. I thought that’s what she was doing in her post. I didn’t mean to “out” her — I just thought she was saying, “That anonymous comment was mine.” But I wasn’t sure. Thus the question mark.

            Second, back when anonymity was the exception rather than the rule, the defense of anonymity was that active debaters couldn’t “safely” make comments on touchy or political subjects without endangering their standing, ie risking getting revenge-dropped. So they posted anonymously. I don’t know that that’s a great reason, but I understand it. So I’m content to deal with anonymity for that reason.

            Third, it seems to me that since anonymity has become the norm, it’s being used more to A) allow people to just post mean, hurtful comments without worrying about repercussions, and B) for no reason, ie posting anonymously to say “hey, good job.” Both of those seem like bad reasons. Anonymity in internet communication carries with it risks as well as benefits.

            And finally, in regard to this thread, my point is that it’s not reasonable to make an anonymous post and then say, “Hey, your response was mean given my identity.” For instance, I see nothing wrong with selling t-shirts to raise funds for Voices. So when someone anonymous complained (and originally it was an anonymous handle, not just “Guest,) I responded snarkily. I’m like that. Then the anonymous poster (I think?) identified herself, and the nature of her identity adds unintended political weight to my snarky comment. That is, ragging on Random Complainer about their sense of persecution is fairly mild sarcasm. But given the nature of the political discussion Jess has raised recently, the same comment directed knowingly at her would have different and in this case unintended implications.

            So, I guess the conclusion I draw is that if you post anonymously, you should be prepared to have people respond to your comments without regard for your identity. The alternative is that for safety’s sake we’d all have to assume that every anonymous post was put up by a five year old. We can’t have open discourse if everyone has to walk on eggshells all the time.

            And, I am pleased that Mr. Adler is going out of his way to raise funds for Voices. Good show.

        • Jess, all due respect, but you can’t post anonymously and then complain that I should have been more sensitive given your identity. I was befuddled that anyone could complain that something was impolitic about selling shirts to raise funds for Voices. I remain so.

  • anon33

    Instead of road to TOC, why not say something just like “Support Disadvantaged debaters”? Why would a student who didn’t qualify to the TOC want to buy a shirt with something on it that says something they will never get to?

    • sjadler

      As I wrote above, this is a shirt that’s intended to fill two gaps: provide a shirt for TOC when there hasn’t been one, and do something good in the process by raising money. Feel free to make that other shirt if you’d like; more money to good causes is a good thing.

      I considered making the shirt non-TOC-specific, but the people I talked to felt that non-attendees would be reluctant to buy any shirt associated with TOC, no matter how explicit the reference to TOC was. So I bit the bullet and made a shirt that’s clearly for TOC but will hopefully raise good money.