2021 Annual Report

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REPORT 2020-2021
ANNUAL

We were going to have to raise our prices substantially to use a different platform, but we were actually able to lower our prices and make the tournament more accessible to students because of the affordability of NSDA Campus... We were so lucky, and NSDA Campus was spectacular the whole weekend for us.

Faced with the possibility that low-cost speech and debate tournaments might be unable to occur, your support created NSDA Campus, an affordable, secure, and easy to use video platform custom made for hosting virtual speech and debate tournaments. NSDA Campus integrates with Tabroom.com and other online tournament management systems to create a positive online tournament experience for students and coaches.

Because of your support, in 2020-21, NSDA Campus facilitated more than 100,00 rooms of competition.

In the midst of uncertain times, you invested in a new generation of student leaders. By supporting innovation, access, and equity, you gifted students the opportunity to engage in speech and debate from anywhere in the world.

Thank you for showing these students your commitment to giving them opportunities to shine. Wow, did they shine!

As you read through, please click on any video icon to enjoy firsthand some of the incredible speech and debate moments of this past year. Thank you for continuing to make speech and debate possible.

With gratitude,

MISSION

The National Speech & Debate Association connects, supports, and inspires a diverse community committed to empowering students through speech and debate.

VISION

We envision a world in which every school provides speech and debate programs to foster each student’s communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills.

CORE VALUES

Equity • Integrity • Respect • Leadership • Service

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The 2021 Online National Tournament was the largest in history. More than 6,500 high school students competed in a weeklong online competition to determine the most prestigious title in high school academics; national champion.

2021 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT – HIGH SCHOOL CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS 6,671 STUDENTS 1,422 SCHOOLS 3,777 JUDGES 2021 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
2021 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT STATISTICS NATS21 VIDEO PLAYLIST View the NATS21 VIDEO PLAYLIST including the 2021 National Tournament Opening Ceremony, Awards Ceremonies, and other video highlights by clicking the video above. $100,000 2021 TATE FUND TOTAL 177 SCHOOLS REACHED 3,214 STUDENTS AND COACHES HELPED ITEMS PURCHASED: Microphones • Headphones • Ethernet cords Basic laptops • Hotspots or home internet costs Webcams • External monitors • Tripods Ring lights • Competition space 2021 WILLIAM WOODS TATE, JR., MEMORIAL FUND IMPACT $127,600 2021 TOTAL SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS After adjusting to an online world of speech and debate together, we are grateful for your continued support and passion. Because of you, approximately 7,000 students proved that words matter. NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT | 2020-2021 5

Watch the 2021 Student of the Year video.

The William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year award annually recognizes one individual out of more than 140,000 student members who best embodies the organization’s Code of Honor: humility, equity, integrity, respect, leadership, and service. Nominees must also demonstrate strong academic credentials and a commitment to the speech and debate community. The 2021 NSDA National Student of the Year award is presented by Richard Bitner in honor of Bob Stockton.

— Theia Chatelle | St. Michael-Albertville High School, MN 2021 NSDA NATIONAL
STUDENT
OF THE YEAR
Through speech and debate, I learned what it means to advocate against and navigate through systems of oppression. I learned what it means to belong.
2020-2021 OPERATING RESULTS $4,069,135 $4,069,135 25% 67% 1% MEMBERSHIP FEES MEMBER SERVICES USA DEBATE 29% 7% 2% SALES SALES FUNDRAISING 24% 4% FUNDRAISING STRATEGIC RESERVE 1% ADVERTISING 22% 19% NATIONAL TOURNAMENT NATIONAL TOURNAMENT REVENUE EXPENSES GRANTS/DONATIONS FOR MEMBER SERVICES 13% GRANTS/DONATIONS FOR NATIONALS 9% GRANTS/DONATIONS FOR USA DEBATE 1% NATIONAL TOURNAMENT SALES NATIONAL TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISING STRATEGIC RESERVE MEMBERSHIP FEES USA DEBATE MEMBER SERVICES FUNDRAISING SALES GRANTS/ DONATIONS MEMBER SERVICES ADVERTISING GRANTS/ DONATIONS NATIONALS USA DEBATE NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT | 2020-2021 7

Speech and debate taught me at a young age how to handle serious issues and how to present them in front of an audience.

Emmy-award winning journalist Tom Llamas is the 2021 Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. As the son of Cuban refugees who fled political persecution, he has spent his career reporting on politics from both sides of the aisle so Americans can make informed decisions. He has also been an outspoken advocate for speech and debate, from filming videos declaring his support at his anchor desk to volunteering to host our final rounds of debate this year.

— Tom Llamas | Belen Jesuit Prep School, FL - Class of 1997 NBC NEWS ANCHOR, SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT 2021 ALUMNI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
Discurso y debate me enseño cuando era joven como resolver los problemas serios y como presentarlos en frente de una audiencia.
Watch Tom Llamas' Award Acceptance Speech

2021 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT HONORARY NAMINGS

— Dr. Tommie Lindsey, Jr.

NSDA Board Member, Hall of Fame Coach, and 2004 MacArthur Fellow from James Logan High School, CA

The National Speech & Debate Association adds honorary names to trophies or events to honor an individual who exemplifes our core values and who has made contributions to the NSDA or inspired the speech and debate community in remarkable ways. This year, five incredible individuals were chosen for this honor: Dr. Tommie Lindsey, Jr., Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Barbara Jordan, Sen. Richard Lugar, and Dale Lauder McCall.

"I hope we can continue to use our voice as our drum to fight for social justice until equity becomes the rhythm of the land."
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SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION

Thanks so much for providing this opportunity for our students during this time of COVID-19. All of our fundraising and dues collections had been shut down for a period of time, so we were unsure if we could compete.

— Leslie | Coach

I thought that with COVID-19, debate tournaments would be nonexistent this year, and I was really discouraged. These tournaments have given me something to look forward to and work toward, which is invaluable in a year so full of discouragements.

The pilot Springboard series provided three free competitions for schools. 189 different schools were able to participate in free speech and debate competition for their students.

2021 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT SPONSORS PLATINUM LEVEL SILVER LEVEL Creative Solutions for Societal Issues Arthur N. Rupe f o u n dat i on A N R F RUBY LEVEL SAPPHIRE LEVEL EMERALD LEVEL RICHARD BITNER JAMES M. COPELAND TOM AND VICKI ROLLINS JOE AND PAM WYCOFF A. C. ELEY FUND CARMENDALE FERNANDES FUND THE JEPS FOUNDATION VICTOR JIH ADAM AND ASHLEY JOHNSON HAROLD C. KELLER FUND MCCARTHEY FAMILY FOUNDATION HARLAND B. MITCHELL FUND LANNY D. AND B. J. NAEGELIN FUND DONUS AND LOVILA ROBERTS SANDRA SILVERS FUND RICHARD B. SODIKOW FUND BOB AND SALLI STOCKTON WILLIAM WOODS TATE, JR., FUND TINA WANG FUND Thank you to our many individual donors who have supported us in 2020-2021. www.speechanddebate.org/ 2020-2021-donors NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT | 2020-2021 11
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