PARKLAND, FL- The Kassim Legacy Foundation is holding their second series of Speech and Debate Workshops on Monday, July 8 and Wednesday, July 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Parkland Library. These free events are open to elementary and middle school students. The workshops provide elite summer coaching and training to introduce students to Speech and Debate as well as prepare them for national competitions. 

The Kassim Legacy Foundation was founded by incoming 10th grader and Parkland resident Sinan Kassim. " I founded the Kassim Legacy Foundation to encourage the younger generation to engage in public speaking, speech and debate," stated Kassim. Kassim has competed in Speech and Debate since 7th grade and has had great success. He has passed the preliminary rounds in tournaments at Harvard, Emory University, George Mason University and the University of Florida. He has also made it to qualifying rounds in the Tournament of Champions and the Catholic Forensics League National Championship.

In middle school, Kassim was a two time National Finalist and District Champion. He attributes his success and his inspiration to help others to his first debate teacher and coach, Mr. Andy Aronofsky. "He helped me build that fire for speech and debate. He inspired me to do better and work hard. He was a great teacher," stated Kassim. Kassim currently volunteers his time to help with the Westglades Middle School Speech and Debate teams. 

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"Being involved in the National Speech and Debate platform and all of the great talent it has and the great community it is, I was able to find myself," added Kassim. Kassim hopes to help other students find their true self and passion. 

“Every student deserves a chance to allow their voice to be heard! Our goal is to empower youth through public speaking, to be powerful leaders, communicators, youth ambassadors, and global change agents," added Kassim.

 For more information or register for the event please visit: https://bit.ly/2x4PJcL