Since 1979, the Bradley Speech Team has won over 40 AFA and NFA team national championships. This record of success is unmatched by any other forensic or academic program in history.
In 1979, a Bradley Speech team competitor won AFA in poetry. This was the first time that anyone had won an individual national championship from Bradley and it marked the beginning of a tradition of excellence. Since then, Bradley University has had over 150 individual national champions.