Philly Youth weigh in on NCAA athletes as employees


Starting December 6, 2017- The ASAP Philadelphia High School Debate League covers new topic regarding the employment status of NCAA athletes! Match #1 will be at 3:30PM at Central High School, 12/6! 

The official topic was released by the National Speech and Debate Association for the month of December as: "Resolved: NCAA student athletes ought to be recognized as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act."

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There are plenty of ways to get involved with Philadelphia youth during this season of giving. One way is the devotion of one's time. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer debate judge, please contact ASAP Debate Coordinator, RJ Tischler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 215.545.2727. You can also click here for more information on the ASAP Debate site page

For the month of December, high school debate students will continue to refine and present their arguments alongside Philadelphia peers on the employment status of NCAA athletes. Future matches will proceed on the following dates:

-Wednesday, December 13th, 3:30PM-5:00PM @ Central High School

-Wednesday, December 20th, 3:30PM-5:00PM @ Central High School

Organized by After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP), ASAP Debate is one of the largest urban debate leagues in the country. This year, hundreds of students are embracing the opportunity and chose to spend their after school hours preparing their arguments for debate competition while also preparing themselves to be tomorrow's generation of informed leaders.  Debaters develop a deep knowledge of the many factors that influence public thought, governmental policy, and international relations. These student debaters happily work all season researching, exploring, and negotiating a variety of economic, political, and social issues. Referred to by former Federal Education Secretary as "one of the great equalizers of public education," scholastic debate programs have been shown to improve students' writing and researching skills, which lead to better grades and higher college matriculation rates.

ASAP would like to thank the Hamilton Family Foundation, the Patricia Kind Family Foundation, Wells Fargo, the Lenfest Foundation and the School District of Philadelphia for their support. In addition, ASAP is grateful to Central High School for providing a safe space for our youth to convene.

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