Frappier, Clark Creating Opportunities for Kids

Headshot of debate coach Glen Frappier.
Glen Frappier

March 07, 2024
Gonzaga University News Service

Debate Coach Glen Frappier is partnering with 2019 Gonzaga graduate Rick Clark and his Giving Back nonprofit to create Giving Debate to raise funds to send students from homeless or low-income families to Gonzaga Summer Debate Camp.

The annual camp attracts hundreds of students from across the country to Gonzaga’s campus every summer for a week of training in critical thinking, analytical skills and research.

“But most importantly,” Frappier says, “is giving these campers a chance to see that they belong in these spaces.”

Alumni Rick Clark talking to Mike Rowe.
Giving Back’s Rick Clark (right) with Returning Favors host Mike Rowe.
Frappier says the statistics on graduation and college attendance rates of students participating in debate opportunities “are staggering. These students will get to live on our campus, eat at the dining facility, meet students from across the country and work closely with our faculty.”

Frappier and Clark hope to raise enough money to host 20 children through their Giving Debate program for this summer. The camp starts July 14.

“This is only the beginning as Rick and I have also discussed formation of a non-profit debate league in Spokane committed to serving those populations,” Frappier says. Stay tuned.

To donate to the Giving Debate fund through the Giving Back nonprofit, click here.


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