Fundraising opportunities

Traveling on a nationally-competitive team can be expensive. It is important to the school and the Director of Debate that travel opportunities be based on merit, not wealth. Therefore, in an effort to lessen student costs, the Notre Dame Debate Team holds a couple important fundraisers throughout the school year.

First, "A Movie Under the Stars" is an outdoor movie screening held in the Holy Cross Center Courtyard at Notre Dame. This event is held in September and past films have included The Wizard of Oz, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and The Hunger Games. Please check the school calendar and join us for this event in September.

Second, the David Damus Esquire Hollywood Invitational hosts schools from around the country in policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate. This tournament was granted a quarterfinals bid in policy debate and a finals bid in Lincoln-Douglas debate for the Tournament of Champions. This three-day event is held on the Notre Dame and Harvard-Westlake campuses. Students and parents help run this event. The debate tournament is always held on one of the first weekends in November. Please check the school calendar for the exact dates.

Lastly, the Knights Debate Team participates in the annual school-wide Walkathon. Students contact alumni and friends of the ND Debate Team throughout the year in an effort to raise money. Donations designated for debate will go to help students offset the cost of competing at national championship debate tournaments like the Tournament of Champions. Donations to the debate team can be made through the school Walk-a-thon page here

If you would like any additional information about these events, please email Christina Tallungan, the Director of Debate, at