Spring 2023 Sponsor Recap

We're excited about our Spring 2023 Semester Tournament Sponsors!

January 26, 2023

Dear current Ziggy competitors and judges,

We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our very generous sponsors for this tournament! You may have met some of them from our last Fall 2022 Tournament. Our sponsors have a number of amazing awards including discounted registration, free debate ebooks, free coaching packages, and amazing college scholarships!
Howard Payne University (HPU) is Ziggy Founder Isaac Sommers’s alma mater. HPU is a Christ-centered, close-knit academic community located in the heart of Texas since 1889, and offers more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in seven schools: Business, Christian Studies, Education, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics.
The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy challenges students with a multidisciplinary curriculum and exciting travel opportunities. Co-curricular organizations include the Model UN, Moot Court and Student Speaker Bureau, and more than 25 student organizations round out the school’s extracurricular options.
HPU is generously awarding $60,000 Dean Scholarships for all 1st and 2nd place debate teams, and $56,000 Yellow Jacket Scholarships for all 3rd and 4th place teams. This means up to 44 scholarships for the Spring 2023 Tournament!
HPU President Dr. Cory Hines had this to say about HPU’s partnership with Ziggy: “As a Christian university, Howard Payne is committed to producing graduates who are prepared to navigate and lead in a complex world where diverse points of view are a constant. Over 17,000 of such graduates, including Ziggy Online Debate founder and director, Isaac Sommers, have earned Howard Payne University degrees since its founding in 1889. Ziggy Online Debate’s mission and vision align well with HPU’s longstanding commitment to fostering an atmosphere of open debate and inquiry, a foundational characteristic of higher education. Not only are we immensely proud to call Isaac Sommers a graduate of Howard Payne University, we are also proud to partner with Ziggy Online Debate to support the numerous virtual debate events hosted annually.”
Rhetoric LLC exists to equip Christians to communicate excellently for God’s glory. Rhetoric LLC offers coaching, sourcebooks, camps, classes/clubs, and other resources for speakers and debaters. Ziggy has worked closely with the team behind Rhetoric LLC and are thrilled to be working with them again in this partnership-sponsorship capacity.
Rhetoric LLC CEO Josiah Hemp said: “Christian communicators need to be equipped not only with eloquence, but also with Biblical wisdom to know the truth and act rightly. Rhetoric LLC is guiding our students in both wisdom and eloquence.”
Christian students across the country are looking for coaching that is both excellent and grounded in God’s word. Rhetoric LLC believes that they don’t have to choose one or the other: in fact, it is crucial to have both. Christ matters more than any trophy, but in Christ we are called to strive for excellence.
Rhetoric is giving away FREE coaching packages to all of the 1st place teams for the Spring 2023 Tournament! CEO Josiah Hemp, twice national champion Emily Butts, and Rhetoric LLCcoaches are excited to give free coaching to winners. Our whole team of 8 top coaches is dedicated to helping students communicate the truth with excellence, and we would love to meet and coach you.
Lasting Impact! is devoted to empowering competitors, parents, coaches, and clubs! They help students reach their goals. They help families understand the value of the art of communication. They help parents guide their students through the crazy world of Speech and Debate. They help equip coaches to better prepare their students to the fullest potential! They help support clubs, ensuring they have the tools and resources.
Lasting Impact! is providing a free Lasting Impact! ebook to all tournament champions (a $19.95 value).
The American Speech and Debate Association (ASDA) is a faith-friendly organization that believes that formal speech and debate can provide a means for students to learn and exercise analytical and oratorical skills, addressing life issues in a manner that advances civil discourse, promotes expressions of faith and provides a sense of higher purpose. To provide these opportunities to students of all faiths, ASDA facilitates tournaments throughout the country. They host tournaments in the US and all are welcome to register.
ASDA is providing $15 off of league membership for ALL Ziggy competitors, regardless of final placement.
You can see the most current list of our sponsors at ziggyonlinedebate.com/sponsors.
If you have any questions about any of our Sponsors or their sponsorship details, feel free to contact us.
The Ziggy Team