Access TOC: The TOC of Debate Giving

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Article by Daisy Massey

Have you ever worried that financial barriers are increasingly keeping kids out of debate? What if these kids could qual to TOC if they had a coach or the means to attend more tournaments? I formed Access Debate, which you may already have heard about on Facebook, to address that. And now I’m asking NSDUpdate readers to help through Access TOC.

Access Debate will give scholarships to select debaters of limited means to compete on the national circuit. They can spend the money on tournament fees, travel costs, and coaching.


We all want LD to be as inclusive as possible.  But WE have to make it happen. Choose to make a difference by “competing” in the TOC of debate giving: Access TOC.

Here’s how it works:

Help Access by doing what you already do! From February to TOC, every round counts up to your donors’ optional cap. Get sponsored per round (practice or tournament) by filling out one EASY form.  You can send this letter to potential sponsors or write your own. Of course you’re just in this for the good of debate, but there will be prizes along the way, starting with your choice of an ITunes or Chipotle gift card for the first five debaters who get five or more sponsors.

Please get sponsored AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so we can sponsor our first debater!


Can’t wait? Donate!

We have absolutely no overhead fees, so everything you donate will go to scholarships that can change another debater’s life.


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Thank you for your help, and thank you to everyone who has already given the organization so much support.


Daisy Massey

Executive Director


  • travisfife

    I forgot to post this last year, but if you’re applying for an at-large and you or your coach are really unsure about the process, I’d be willing to talk on the phone about strategies my coach and I used to get the at-large. The process can be confusing and writing the rec letter is sorta daunting when you don’t know what to put on it, so if you want to see an example hit me up.

    I know I was only able to get the at-large when I debated because of Kris Wright and others who were willing to step me and my coach through the process, so please don’t hesitate to ask. or facebook.

    • Jacob Nails

      Word of advice for those filling out an at large application:

      Scott Phillips ’13
      “‘Number of bid rounds’ is not a very important category, and perhaps even a detriment. If someone has many chances to fully qual and doesn’t that isn’t viewed as very impressive. The single most important part of a bid application is wins vs people likely to be at the tournament (fully qualed and other people applying)-this has been echoed by every committee member in LD and policy I have asked.”

    • Brennan Sterling Caruthers

      Same, I went through the same process and I’m really glad I got a bit of help. Email me at or Facebook me and I can help you out.

  • Dino De La O

    This is awesome!