The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) is an unprecedented alliance of professional sports leagues, organizations, athletes, educators, media networks and sports professionals using sports to bring people together to promote understanding, respect and equality. Through public awareness campaigns and educational programming, RISE aims to improve race relations.

Saturday Morning Hoops

RISE spent six weeks in New Orleans, in partnership with the NBA, New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and Up2Us Sports, where we utilized elements of our leadership program and basketball to bring together the New Orleans community, including uniting the youth and the New Orleans Police Department.

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Together we can RISE up for understanding, respect and equality. Take the pledge to show your commitment to ending racism.

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By The Numbers

  1. 9,194 (And Counting)

    People who have taken the RISE pledge
  2. 50,000+

    Anticipated participants in RISE programming for 2016-17 school year
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    30+

    RISE partner organizations across the nation

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    Our Partners

    • Nfl
    • Nba
    • Mlb
    • Nhl
    • Mls
    • Nascar
    • Pga
    • Usta
    • Usatf
    • Avp
    • Olympicsusa
    • Ncaa
    • Cbssport
    • Nbcsport
    • Turnersport
    • Detroitpal
    • Hispanic