Support the Bluegrass Debate Coalition 

Learn what your support for debate means to students in Kentucky. 

What is the BDC?

Founded in 2020, the Bluegrass Debate Coalition (BDC) strives to make competitive debate available to every middle and high school student in Kentucky. Debate increases student academic performance, enriches and expands college and career opportunities, and provides the intellectual and networking tools for youth to thrive as active, responsible leaders in their communities.


The BDC creates after-school and weekend educational and competition opportunities and works with schools and school districts to build debate teams. Housed in the University of Kentucky’s College of Communication and Information, the BDC is an initiative of UK’s award-winning collegiate debate team.


1. After School Debate Program

Using a tutoring model, students receive six weeks of high-quality debate education online for low or no cost to schools or families.


2. Digital Tournaments

Students compete online during

Saturday and after-school tournaments, culminating in a championship experience in the spring. Special tournaments are offered for students to debate against peers from across the country and world.

3. Summer Camp + Coaches Clinic

An online, low-cost opportunity for

students to hone their skills over the

summer. Teachers also have a chance to receive high-quality professional evelopment and debate coach training.

What do donations fund?


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Join our $22 for '22 Campaign!

Donate Today to Help the BDC Meet Our Fundraising Goals for the 2021-2022 School Year

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Donate Today! 

Make a donation of any amount to support the BDC by clicking the button below.

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Beyond Dollars

There are many ways to support the BDC beyond making a donation. We are always in need of volunteer judges, coaches, mentors, and more.

Please sign up here if you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities. 

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