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  • for themselves, their families, and their community.

  • Competitive debate is one of the great equalizers of educational opportunity ... ensuring that students get the same exposure to academic rigor as enriched programs in advantaged schools.

  • Debate harnesses inherent competitive instincts. Students channel them into refining skills like critical thinking, collaboration and persuasion – skills they need to succeed in a knowledge-based, global economy.

  • Debate also fosters leaders through mentorships, makes resources accessible and helps students become advocates, problem-solvers and engaged in their community.

  • The Houston Urban Debate League is changing the social landscape in Houston by helping historically under-represented students obtain the skills they need to succeed in life.


The Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) dedicated to re-introducing academic debate to under-served and at-risk students in Houston area high schools.

HUDL serves more than 1070 students in 30 HISD high schools and 7 middle schools.
HUDL has enjoyed increasing competitive success in local, state and even national tournaments.

In 2013, HUDL teams placed among the top teams in the nation at the National Association for Urban Debate League’s Urban Debate National Championship in Washington, D.C. Through the generosity of its supporters, the HUDL is able to offer students the life-changing benefits of debate.