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Volunteer as a tournament Judge

Finding an adequate number of experienced judges can be a challenge for both speech and debate teams and tournament hosts. The Initiative has a volunteer judges bank that recruits Richmond Forum subscribers, college students, and community members to support local teams.

Interested community members can get involved in the Initiative and support local teams by volunteering as a judge for local competitions.

Each volunteer judge is required to submit to a criminal background check and receive training via the NSDA/NFHS online judges’ course. Volunteer judges are always needed.

“Volunteering with RFSDI is a way to give back to the activity that gave me so much opportunity and growth as a student.”

Brett Feinstein, Volunteer Judge

Contact Us

Lucretia Anderson

Speech & Debate Initiative Manager


Sandra Wheeler

Director of Student Programs


Mailing Address

110 South 15th Street, Suite B, Richmond, VA 23219

Support Speech & Debate

With your support, we can make speech & debate programs accessible to all Richmond region students. 

Your generous contribution will help cover tournament entry fees and travel expenses, train coaches and judges, outfit students with professional clothing, support the organization of local tournaments, and much more.

110 South 15th Street
Suite B
Richmond, VA 23219

Office: (804) 330-3993
Office Hours: 9am – 5pm
Program Day: 10am – noon

Presenting powerful voices so Richmond can learn. Empowering local voices so Richmond can lead.

The Richmond Forum and its partners are proud to support the Richmond Forum Speech & Debate Initiative, a community initiative to bring speech & debate programs to all of our region’s public schools.

The Richmond Forum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization.

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