Free Speech Ball A Hit at American University

It’s that time of year again: college students meet up on the quad, set up tables, and pitch their clubs to potential new recruits. Some clubs hand out pamphlets and brochures, others give away shirts and stickers, and some even hand out free food.

These are all great strategies for getting students to join clubs on campus, but for us at American University’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, the strategy was both simple and bold: a big, white beach ball and a marker.


Almost every pro-liberty student activist has heard of a free speech wall, but what about a free speech ball? This past Wednesday, we gave interested students a white ball and allowed them to write or draw whatever they wanted. Needless to say, it was effective.

AU YAL was lucky enough to have a few special guests come by and help table. Our YAL Northeast Regional Director Elizabeth Hayes and the Leadership Institute’s Emily Larsen came out to show their support for liberty on AU’s campus!

Tabling can sometimes be a hit or miss for clubs, but at AU’s Involvement Fair, we came out strong. It was hot, it was loud, it was crowded, but by the end of the fair, AU YAL had more than 75 sign-ups!

Especially at a school like American University, where Progressive Leftism often dominates the political conversation, this was not just a victory for us, but a victory in the fight to bring liberty to college campuses all over the nation.

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