Dr. Patterson founded the "Tournament of Champions" in 1971 with the intention of creating an opportunity for bringing together the best debaters in the United States and creating an event that would serve as the pinnacle of the high school debate season.
During its first year, the Tournament of Champions hosted 64 teams in Policy debate. Today the Tournament has grown to include four divisions of debate and 7 events in speech. It draws students from all over the country and internationally as well.
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