The Adams Cup is an intramural debate tournament that seeks to promote competitive, lively, and thoughtful debate among Yale students, foster collaboration between the undergraduate organizations dedicated to student debating, and further cultivate spirited competition between Yale's residential colleges. The Cup is sponsored by the Yale Debate Association.
Though today's students are well aware of Yale's longstanding tradition of debate and discourse, few know that formal competitive debate between residential colleges was once a popular embodiment of this tradition. Indeed, starting in 1946, the ten residential colleges organized themselves into an umbrella organization, the Inter-College Debate League. Membership in the league numbered in the hundreds, and included all of the standing residential college debate teams. Two years later, the Adams Cup was established as a salute to John "Jack" Chester Adams, outgoing coach of the Yale Debate Association who was retiring after 34 years of service.
We believe that the spirit and values of the Adams Cup - camaraderie in critical thinking, analytical discourse, and informed discussion - highlight some of the best aspects of Yale's community and liberal arts tradition. In this light, the Yale Debate Association is pleased to bring the Adams Cup back to Yale for a sixth consecutive year.
Convener, Adams Cup 2016