Robinson. Owens. O'Ree. Suzuki. Williams. Yao. These heroes are cemented in history not only for the feats they achieved in sports, but also for the racial barriers they helped to break down. Their unrelenting spirits forever changed the face of the game for athletes, coaches and fans.

Sport has proven to be an effective catalyst for social change – an arena where we can set aside our differences and pursue mutual passions. 

The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting understanding, respect and equality. Our goal is to harness the unifying power of sport to advance race relations and drive social progress. 

We invite you to join us, RISE up and make a difference.

Partners

  • MLB
    MLB
  • NBA
    NBA
  • MLS
    MLS
  • NFL
    NFL
  • NHL
    NHL
  • NCAA
    NCAA
  • University of Michigan
    University of Michigan
  • PGA of America
    PGA of America
  • NBC Sports Group
    NBC Sports Group
  • CBS Sports
    CBS Sports
  • Turner Sports
    Turner Sports
  • USATF
    USATF
  • USTA
    USTA
  • Hispanic Heritage Foundation
    Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • Wharton Sports Business Initiative
    Wharton Sports Business Initiative
  • NASCAR
    NASCAR
  • Miami Dolphins
    Miami Dolphins
  • Detroit PAL
    Detroit PAL
  • AVP
    AVP
  • USOC Rings
    USOC Rings
  • USOC Paralympics
    USOC Paralympics

Partners

  • MLB
  • NBA
  • MLS
  • NFL
  • NHL
  • NCAA
  • University of Michigan
  • PGA of America
  • NBC Sports Group
  • CBS Sports
  • Turner Sports
  • USATF
  • USTA
  • Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • Wharton Sports Business Initiative
  • NASCAR
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Detroit PAL
  • AVP
  • USOC Rings
  • USOC Paralympics

Partners

  • MLB
  • NBA
  • MLS
  • NFL
  • NHL
  • NCAA
  • University of Michigan
  • PGA of America
  • NBC Sports Group
  • CBS Sports
  • Turner Sports
  • USATF
  • USTA
  • Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • Wharton Sports Business Initiative
  • NASCAR
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Detroit PAL
  • AVP
  • USOC Rings
  • USOC Paralympics