With regards to an Academic Club, it is most likely for the National Forensic League (now the National Speech and Debate Association), which is the speech and debate society. Founded in 1925, changed name in 2014.
See: NSDA History and https://web.archive.org/web/20141020125923/http://www.speechanddebate.org/aspx/documents/newsDetail.aspx?newsid=115&navid=&pnavid=
I think that it may have involved debates. The acronym NFL stood for National Forensics League. They changed their name in 2014 to the National Speech and Debate Association.