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POLICY DEBATE EVENT NAMED AFTER NEW YORK COACHING LEGEND
Thursday, January 23, 2014
RIPON, Wis. – The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to name its annual Policy Debate event after Richard B. Sodikow, an outstanding leader, coach, and Hall of Fame member.
Mr. Sodikow, a beloved coach and mentor, has been involved with the National Speech & Debate Association for more than 40 years. During that time, he served as the New York City district chair, was elected to the Board of Directors, and to the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame.
While a coach at The Bronx High School of Science in New York, his teams amassed exemplary performances at national competitions including championships at the most prestigious tournaments in the country such as the Tournament of Champions, the Barkley Forum for High Schools at Emory University, and Harvard University. Mr. Sodikow retired from active coaching in 1999. Thousands of Bronx Science alumni credit his leadership to their success in fields of law, journalism, higher education, and media/entertainment.
“As a coach, member of the Board, and National Tournament official, Richard helped ensure the growth and strength of the Policy Debate community,” said J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association. “Even after his retirement from coaching, Richard continued to volunteer his time to mentor thousands of students across the country.”
In receiving this recognition, Mr. Sodikow said, “The Association has done far more for me, both personally and professionally, than ever I could do for it. I am extraordinarily honored.”
In 2005, Mr. Sodikow earned his seventh diamond coach award, one of the highest honors bestowed within the National Speech & Debate Association. Fewer than 20 individuals have received this prestigious award throughout the history of the Association. This distinction reflects excellence and longevity in the activity, a minimum of 35 years of coaching experience, and approximately 20,000 winning debate rounds.
To support Richard’s legacy in the organization’s longest running event, the National Speech & Debate Association has set up the Richard B. Sodikow Policy Debate Endowment Fund. If you would like to donate to the fund, visitwww.speechanddebate.org/donate or contact Cherian Koshy, Director of Development:firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the National Speech & Debate Association
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