[eDebate] Question for those Attending the Liberty Tournament

NEIL BERCH berchnorto
Wed Sep 12 17:26:09 CDT 2007

Kudos to Mike, Heather, and the Liberty program for being on the cutting 
edge with this initiative.  People have been talking about this for a few 
years, but this is one of the first circumstances I know of where a 
tournament has made these arrangements.  My own kids are probably too old 
for such a program now, but it would have made things easier when they were 
younger.  More importantly, I know that for some students, child care is an 
issue affecting access to debate.  People have made informal arrangements at 
some tournaments, but this is better!

I hope you will let the community know how this turns out.--Neil

--Neil Berch
West Virginia University

>From: "Hall, Michael P. (Debate)" <mphall at liberty.edu>
>To: <edebate at ndtceda.com>
>Subject: [eDebate] Question for those Attending the Liberty Tournament
>Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 16:31:13 -0400
>The Liberty University Debate Tournament is considering offering child
>care at this year's tournament.  Our experience over the last three
>years have convinced Heather and I that debate is unnecessarily hard on
>families.  Conversations with other coaches confirm that many of you
>feel the same way.  As one small step, we'd like to know if there are
>debaters or coaches planning on attending the tournament who would take
>advantage of child care.  We haven't worked out all of the details but
>we would most likely offer on-site childcare for the entire day.
>Parents could pick up and drop off their children throughout the day as
>they pleased.  We'd take care of food, toys and entertainment, and naps
>if necessary.  I know there are many other barriers to bringing children
>to a debate tournament, but we don't want a lack of childcare to be one
>of them.
>I don't need to know anything definitive at this point, but in order to
>properly plan I'd like to know if there's any demand for this service.
>If you think you might be interested, please let me know.
>Michael P. Hall
>Acting Director of Debate
>Liberty University
>Lynchburg, VA 24502
>(434) 582-2080

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