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?
Join our $22 for '22 Campaign!
Donate Today to Help the BDC Meet Our Fundraising Goals for the 2021-2022 School Year