Mission Statement

Tournament of Champions Mission Statement

Now in its 45th year, the Tournament of Champions serves as the forum of competition for the nation's very best Lincoln-Douglas, Policy, Public Forum, Congressional debaters and Individual Events competitors.  A public service of the University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Program, the TOC strives to offer the national high school speech and debate community the highest quality judging, impartial tournament officials, and a friendly, congenial atmosphere.  The TOC is committed to growing its outreach initiatives, including travel grants for debate programs facing economic hardships.  Dave Arnett, Director of Debate at UK and Dr. J.W. Patterson, TOC Tournament Founder, welcome all championship competitors who qualify to compete in the National Tournament of Champions--America’s foremost speech and debate competition.