Best-selling Author Mitch Albom Donates $10,000 to U Prep Academy Debate Team

University Prep Academy named beneficiary of 2013 Second Annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon at local press conference

Detroit, Mich. (March 26, 2014) – Mitch Albom, international best-selling author and noted journalist, today announced his $10,000 donation to University Prep Academy (UPA) High School’s tournament-winning debate team. The debate team is one of several local charitable organizations and programs benefitting from the proceeds raised at Albom’s 2013 Second Annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon hosted at Somerset Collection on December 5, 2013. The funds will be used to help send members of the team to the uber-competitive Tournament of Champions (TOC) next month. Having recently received its fourth bid to attend the TOC, the UPA debaters will be the first African-American team to compete at this highly regarded national tournament. The day-long S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon raised nearly $400,000 for its charitable partners.

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University Prep Academy Debate Team Wins First National Tournament, Ranks Seventh in the Nation

Debate team becomes first African-American team to win tournament, receives fourth bid to attend Tournament of Champions

Detroit, Mich. (March 4, 2014) – University Prep Academy (UPA), one of two districts in the University Prep Schools charter system, took first place at the 2014 California Invitational held February 15-17 at the University of California, Berkeley. Now ranked seventh in the nation by the National Debate Coaches Association, the UPA debate team is the first-ever African-American team to win the Cal High School Forensics Tournament.

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