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RISE TO VOTE REGISTERS CAL BERKELEY STUDENT-ATHLETES
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, to register student-athletes to vote. Cal senior women’s lacrosse player Madison Roberts gave a presentation to her peers about the importance of voting, and the ASUC Vote Coalition helped support the registration effort. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that includes registering student-athletes to vote and encouraging them to lead their fans, peers and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens.
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DISC 2018 SPORTS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SYMPOSIUM
RISE hosted the Diversity and Inclusion Sports Consortium (DISC) 2018 Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Detroit. The theme for the symposium was “Using Sports to Impact Society Through Culture, Inclusion & Advocacy.” The daytime sessions were at RISE’s Midwest regional office at the Detroit Police Athletic League, site of the old Detroit Tigers Stadium. The Tuesday evening event was at the Detroit Historical Museum. The symposium included six panel discussions and two keynote conversations with a total of 35 speakers. RISE is a member organization in DISC, whose members include ESPN, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, National Basketball Association, Women’s National Basketball Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, Professional Golfers’ Association, PGA Tour, United States Olympic Committee, United States Tennis Association and You Can Play.
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RISE TO VOTE AND ANQUAN BOLDIN VISIT FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to Florida State University and hosted a conversation with Anquan Boldin to register student-athletes to vote and speak about the power of their platform to make a difference. The event Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, was part of the RISE to Vote campaign, a nonpartisan initiative launched by RISE to register college and professional athletes to vote and inspire them to lead their fans, peers and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. Boldin, a Super Bowl champion, social advocate, FSU alumnus and founding member of the Players Coalition, sat for a moderated conversation with RISE’s Diahann Billings-Burford to discuss the value of civic engagement and empowering student-athletes to lead by example and use their platform to impact their communities. FSU freshman football player Jaiden Woodbey gave a presentation to his peers about the importance of voting, and Campus Election Engagement Project helped support the registration effort.
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RISE REGISTERS MIAMI DOLPHINS STAFF TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to register Miami Dolphins staff. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with professional sports teams and leagues – as well as college athletic departments – to register athletes, coaches and staff to vote and encourage them to lead their peers and fans in becoming informed and engaged citizens. The event Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, included support from Engage Miami. Dolphins players were the first to join RISE to Vote when the campaign launched last year.
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ORLANDO MAGIC JOINS RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to Orlando Magic players, coaches and training staff. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with professional sports teams and leagues – as well as college athletic departments – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers and fans in becoming informed and engaged citizens. The event Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, included support from Campus Election Engagement Project.
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MARIST COLLEGE JOINS RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to student-athletes at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with college athletic departments – and professional sports teams and leagues – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers, fans and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. Wednesday’s event included support from the League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Region.
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RISE TO VOTE REGISTERS SAN ANTONIO SPURS
For the second season, RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to San Antonio Spurs players, coaches and training staff. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with professional sports teams and leagues – as well as college athletic departments – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers and fans in becoming informed and engaged citizens. The event Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, included support from MOVE Texas.
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RISE CO-CHAIR PAUL TAGLIABUE ADDRESSES COLLEGE ATHLETIC DIRECTORS
Paul Tagliabue, co-chair of the RISE Board of Directors and former NFL commissioner, and RISE’s Adam Wood addressed college athletic administrators attending the 2018 LEAD1 Association Annual Fall Member Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The association represents the 131 athletic directors representing schools of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The annual fall meeting is meant to convene athletic directors from across the country to discuss challenges, share best practices and work in unison to enrich the student-athlete experience as they prepare the next generation of leaders. Tagliabue and Wood, assistant vice president, athlete engagement & sports outreach, discussed the impact of RISE’s work with college athletic departments to empower student-athletes, coaches and administrators to be leaders in addressing matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusivity within their teams, schools and communities.
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RISE TO VOTE REGISTERS ATLANTA HAWKS PLAYERS
For the second season and leading up to National Voter Registration Day, RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to Atlanta Hawks players. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with professional sports teams and leagues – as well as college athletic departments – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers and fans in becoming informed and engaged citizens. The event Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, included support from New Georgia Project. National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept.25.
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MIAMI DADE COLLEGE JOINS RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to student-athletes at Miami Dade College on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with college athletic departments – and professional sports teams and leagues – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers, fans and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. Judge Ed Newman, a former Miami Dolphins player who serves as a county court judge in Miami, spoke to the student-athletes about the importance of voting. Monday’s event included support from Campus Election Engagement Project.
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FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ATHLETES JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to student-athlete leaders at Florida International University in Miami on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with college athletic departments – and professional sports teams and leagues – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers, fans and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. Tuesday’s event included support from Campus Election Engagement Project.
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ATHLETICS RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to about 400 student-athletes at the University of Texas at Austin on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with college athletic departments – and professional sports teams and leagues – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers, fans and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. Monday’s event included support from TX Votes. Former NFL running back and Dancing with the Stars Season 24 champion Rashad Jennings was on hand to speak with student-athletes about the importance of voting.
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS JOINS RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, to Summer Bridge Program student-athletes at Oregon State University in Corvallis. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with college athletic departments – and professional sports teams and leagues – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers, fans and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. The event included support from the Oregon Student Association. RISE Director of College Partnerships Adam Wood spoke with student-athletes about the importance of voting and engaging in our democracy. Justin Bennett, president of the Associated Students of Oregon State University, spoke about campus democracy.
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RISE BRINGS RISE TO VOTE TO NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL PROGRAM
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the University of Notre Dame football program in South Bend, Indiana, on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with college athletic departments – and professional sports teams and leagues – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers, fans and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. The event included support from the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area and ND Votes. Corey Mays, a former NFL linebacker and Notre Dame alumnus, was on hand to speak with student-athletes about the importance of voting and engaging in our democracy.
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RISE BRINGS RISE TO VOTE TO RUTGERS FOOTBALL PROGRAM
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the Rutgers University football program in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Friday, July 20, 2018. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with college athletic departments – and professional sports teams and leagues – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers, fans and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. The event included support from RU Voting/Rutgers Center for Youth Political Participation. Broderick Johnson, a former White House cabinet secretary, was on hand to speak with student-athletes about the importance of voting and engaging in our democracy.
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ATHLETE ACTIVISM AND THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY
RISE and Athlete Ally convened professional athletes Monday, July 16, to speak with student-athletes from USC and UCLA about advocating for racial and LGBTQ equality and mobilizing the athletic community across various social justice movements. The event, Athlete Activism and the Fight for Equality, took place at the Galen Center at USC and featured a panel moderated by The Undefeated’s Jemele Hill. Panelists were Minnesota United FC’s Collin Martin – who recently came out as the only active gay male athlete in major American team sports, three-time Pro-bowler and Super Bowl champion Brendon Ayanbadejo, tech investor and Super Bowl champion Ryan Mundy, pro javelin thrower and All-American Nika Ouellette and ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jay Williams.
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN FOOTBALL JOINS RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the football program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Friday, June 22, 2018. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with college athletic departments – and professional sports teams and leagues – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers, fans and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. The event included support from the university’s Edward Ginsburg Center and the Big Ten Voting Challenge. Broderick Johnson, a former White House cabinet secretary and lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, was on hand to speak with student-athletes about the importance of voting and engaging in our democracy.
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BUFFALO BILLS JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, May 23, at the team’s headquarters in Orchard Park, New York. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that includes registering professional athletes to vote and encouraging them to spread the important message of voting to their fans.
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NEW YORK GIANTS JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to New York Giants players, coaches and staff Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that includes registering professional athletes to vote and encouraging them to spread the important message of voting to their fans. The event with the Giants included voter-registration support from Bergen County Clerk John S. Hogan. Martin Luther King III of the Drum Major Institute was on hand to speak with players about the importance of voting.
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FOOTBALL PROGRAM JOINS RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the football program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with college athletic departments – and professional sports teams and leagues – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers, fans and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. The event included support from the League of Women Voters of Johnson County. Nationally known speaker Derek Greenfield and Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate were on hand to speak with student-athletes about the importance of voting and engaging in our democracy.
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ATHLETICS JOINS RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to student-athletes at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Monday, March 26, 2018. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that partners with college athletic departments – and professional sports teams and leagues – to register athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their peers, fans and alumni in becoming informed and engaged citizens. The event at Arizona included the baseball, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, football, women’s golf, gymnastics, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s track and field, and women’s volleyball teams. The event included support from Living United for Change in Arizona and Arizona Center for Empowerment. Bob Kendrick of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was on hand to speak with student-athletes about the importance of voting.
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PITTSBURGH PIRATES JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, March 17, 2018, during spring training in Bradenton, Florida. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that includes registering professional athletes to vote and encouraging them to spread the important message of voting to their fans. The event with Pirates major and minor league players included support from Organize Florida. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson and Bob Kendrick of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum were on hand to speak with players about the importance of voting.
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MINNESOTA TWINS JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, March 11, during spring training in Fort Myers, Florida. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that includes registering professional athletes to vote and encouraging them to spread the important message of voting to their fans. The event with Minnesota major and minor league players included support from Campus Election Engagement Project. Among the sessions, Derek Falvey, Twins chief baseball officer; Martin Luther King III of the Drum Major Institute; Amy Peterson of RISE and Twins alum Johan Santana were on hand to speak with players about the importance of voting.
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CHICAGO CUBS JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, March 9, during spring training in Mesa, Arizona. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that includes registering professional athletes to vote and encouraging them to spread the important message of voting to their fans. The event with Chicago major and minor league players included support from the Center for Neighborhood Leadership. Among the various sessions, Jocelyn Benson, Andrew Mac Intosh and Amy Peterson of RISE; Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Cubs; and Dario Collado of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation were on hand to speak with players about the importance of voting.
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CLEVELAND INDIANS JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, March 8, 2018, during spring training in Goodyear, Arizona. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that includes registering professional athletes to vote and encouraging them to spread the important message of voting to their fans. The event with Cleveland major and minor league players included support from the Center for Neighborhood Leadership. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson and Dario Collado of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation were on hand to speak with players about the importance of voting.
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ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, March 6, during spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that includes registering professional athletes to vote and encouraging them to spread the important message of voting to their fans. The event with Arizona major and minor league players included support from the Center for Neighborhood Leadership. Erin Casey Pellegrino of RISE and Dario Collado of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation were on hand to speak with players about the importance of voting.
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KANSAS CITY ROYALS JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the Kansas City major league and minor league baseball rosters Sunday, March 4, during spring training in Surprise, Arizona. RISE to Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign that includes registering professional athletes to vote and encouraging them to spread the important message of voting to their fans. The events with Kansas City included support from the Center for Neighborhood Leadership. Bob Kendrick of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Dario Collado of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation were on hand to speak with players about the importance of voting.
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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY PANEL DISCUSSION
RISE partnered with the Detroit Pistons and NBA Cares to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Unity Game programming celebrating King’s legacy throughout the day included a community conversation in the arena’s Heritage Hall prior to tip-off against the Charlotte Hornets. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson moderated the discussion featuring Bob Lanier, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and Pistons legend; Earl Cureton, Pistons legend and community ambassador; Commander Timothy Leach, Detroit Police Department; Tim Richey, executive director, Detroit Police Athletic League; and Rochelle Riley, columnist, Detroit Free Press. The panel set out to develop a solution-oriented agenda focused on honoring King’s legacy and creating positive change in the community. Participants from the fall 2017 Building Bridges Through Basketball program, which brought Detroit youth and law enforcement together in weekly 2.5-hour sessions through a combination of on-court basketball programming and hands-on learning, also were in attendance and received certificates for completing that program.
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TWITTER SPORTS AND RISE PRESENT: THE ATHLETE AS A CHANGE AGENT
Twitter Sports and RISE presented “The Athlete as Change Agent,” a panel discussion Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at the annual Twitter Sports Summit at Twitter’s New York headquarters. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson led the discussion with former WNBA star and New York Liberty Director of Franchise Development Swin Cash and former NFL running back Rashad Jennings. The summit was attended by sports executives and showcased best practices of the Twitter platform. The RISE panel focused on how social media has impacted the role of the activist athlete and how athletes can use social media, such as Twitter, to effect change.
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NFL PLAYERS SUPPORT RISE DURING 2017 MY CAUSE MY CLEATS CAMPAIGN
Seven players supported RISE as part of the NFL’s 2017 My Cause My Cleats campaign. The campaign allows players from across the league to wear cleats that highlight a charitable cause important to them during all Week 13 games.
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LOS ANGELES RAMS JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. RISE to Vote is a yearlong national nonpartisan campaign to register professional athletes to vote and encourage them to spread the important message of voting to their fans. The event with the Rams included support from LA Youth Vote. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson and Martin Luther King III of the Drum Major Institute were on hand to speak with players about the importance of voting.
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BUILDING BRIDGES: BAY AREA COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
The Golden State Warriors, NBA and RISE hosted a community conversation Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, including athletes, law enforcement and community leaders designed to strengthen relationships and create positive change in Oakland, California. Players from the Warriors, as well as the Oakland mayor, police chief, police officers, school officials and high school students participated in Building Bridges: Bay Area Community Conversation at the Rakuten Performance Center (Warriors’ practice facility) in Oakland. Participants broke into three groups for discussions covering the topics of Strengthening Our Communities, Mentoring & Leadership and Sidelining Racism before coming together to reflect on their discussions and discuss strategies for moving forward. Among participants were Warriors David West and Draymond Green, who also is a member of the RISE Advisory Board; NBA Cares Ambassador Jason Collins; actor, rapper and singer Daveed Diggs; and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
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COMMUNITY DIALOGUE ON EQUALITY AND OPPORTUNITY – INDIANAPOLIS
RISE, the Indianapolis Colts and Amp Harris Productions hosted a community dialogue on equality and opportunity Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Marian University in Indianapolis. Featured guests included Colts players Jacoby Brissett, Darius Butler, Joshua Perry and Jabaal Sheard; Robert Mathis, pass rush consultant and former Colts player; Judge David Shaheed, associate professor at the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Kim Miller, RISE vice president, leadership & education programs; and Amp Harris. The audience included local community and business leaders, representatives of law enforcement and the military, and several Colts players and partners.
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ATLANTA HAWKS PERSONNEL JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to executives, staff and coaches of the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Hawks players previously participated in RISE to Vote on Monday, Sept. 25. RISE to Vote is a yearlong national nonpartisan campaign to register professional athletes to vote and encourage them to spread the important message of voting to their fans. The events with the Hawks included support from The New Georgia Project. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson and Martin Luther King III of the Drum Major Institute were on hand to speak at both events about the importance of voting.
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ATLANTA HAWKS JOIN RISE TO VOTE
RISE brought its RISE to Vote campaign to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. RISE to Vote is a yearlong national campaign to register professional athletes to vote and encourage them to spread the important message of voting to their fans. The nonpartisan campaign aims to register as many professional athletes as possible by the National Voter Registration Day – Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. The event with the Hawks included support from The New Georgia Project. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson and Martin Luther King III of the Drum Major Institute were on hand to speak with players about the importance of voting.
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ATLANTA FALCONS JOIN RISE TO VOTE
Through the RISE to Vote initiative, Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn and Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli invited RISE to register Falcons players to vote at the team’s practice facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia. RISE worked with The New Georgia Project, a local nonpartisan voter registration organization, for the event Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. Martin Luther King III of the Drum Major Institute spoke to the players about the importance of voting. All 90 players attended the session. RISE to Vote is a nonpartisan effort that partners with professional sports teams and leagues to register professional athletes to vote and encourage them to lead their fans in becoming informed and engaged citizens.
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UNITY GAME WITH THE NEW YORK LIBERTY
The New York Liberty partnered with RISE to host a Unity Game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, when the Liberty played host to the Minnesota Lynx. The unity theme was reflected in programming throughout the day, including a panel discussion, concourse activations such as RISE’s It Takes All Colors signature photo booth, fan giveaways and community outreach. The panel featured Kristen Clarke, president and executive director, national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; A. Shabazz, author and motivational speaker; Chief Juanita Holmes of the New York Police Department; William Rhoden, sports journalist and writer-at-large for The Undefeated; Sue Wicks, New York Liberty legend; and Tanisha Wright, New York Liberty veteran. Moderator was Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University professor, author and political commentator. Leading up to the game, the Liberty and Lynx players locked arms in a show of solidarity on court during the performance of the national anthem. Special guests attending the game were teammates of Mount Vernon basketball standout Shamoya McKenzie, who died at age 13 when she was struck by a stray bullet this past New Year’s Eve. RISE and the New York Liberty had presented a leadership session Sunday, Aug. 13, for the Mount Vernon student-athletes at The Garden. At halftime, New York Liberty President Isiah Thomas and RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson were interviewed. After the Liberty-Lynx game, officers from the 10th precinct competed in a fantasy game on The Garden floor against youth from Covenant House, a Garden of Dreams Foundation partner that serves homeless youth.
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RISE PRESENTS EVENTS DURING SUPER BOWL LI WEEK IN HOUSTON
RISE kicked off Super Bowl week Wednesday, Feb. 1, with the first educational programming with student-athletes at University of Houston and Texas Southern University. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 2, and running up to the Super Bowl, RISE opened its It Takes All Colors photo booth at NFL Experience, where thousands of fans came through to take pictures with the Super Bowl logo and hold up signs speaking out against discrimination. On Friday, Feb. 3, 13 NFL players joined RISE founder Stephen M. Ross and CEO Jocelyn Benson in a Town Hall, where RISE released a report on athlete activism in 2016 and a candid conversation took place over two hours on ways to improve race relations and create safer communities.
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RISE HELPS SJSU CELEBRATE OPENING OF NEW INSTITUTE
RISE was part of a Town Hall on Jan. 24 at San Jose State University to celebrate opening of SJSU's Institute for the Study of Sport, Society & Social Change. The first panel was moderated by RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson & event featured Dr. Harry Edwards, Tommie Smith, Takeo Spikes, Anquan Boldin, Jim Brown, Chris Webber & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Benson presented the institute with Draymond Green’s Sideline Racism sneakers.
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DRAYMOND GREEN WEARS RISE SIDELINE RACISM SNEAKERS FOR MLK DAY GAME
Draymond Green again showed his commitment to standing up against racism by wearing RISE’s Sideline Racism sneakers during a Golden State Warriors game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and another game that week. He debuted the sneakers in December and has continued to use them as a way to express his continued desire to see race relations improve in our country.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS TOWN HALL
Kenny Stills, Jelani Jenkins, Michael Thomas and Arian Foster decided they needed to move into a solution mode. The four players invited community leaders, police officers and team personnel to a Miami Dolphins and RISE Town Hall to discuss the issues of inequality and to identify solutions to the problem.
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NEW YORK GIANTS, SEN. CORY BOOKER AND RISE
RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson helped to facilitate a conversation Oct. 12 between New York Giants players and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on improving race relations. The group discussed issues facing the nation and exchanged ideas on how they can work together to drive change.
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DETROIT PISTONS TOWN HALL
RISE joined the Detroit Pistons for a community conversation on race relations that also featured the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson moderated the conversation with panelists Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris from the Pistons, Detroit Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt and Barbara McQuade, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS JOIN BROWARD SHERIFFS DEPT. ON RIDE-ALONG
On Dec. 12, Miami Dolphins players Jelani Jenkins, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas joined members of the Broward County Sheriff's Office to show support and take part in a ride-along. Both groups jointly engaged the community, passed out football trading cards and discussed community policing at BSO's roll call. The idea for this collaboration was borne from our Town Hall with the Dolphins in September.
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DRAYMOND GREEN DEBUTS RISE SNEAKERS IN NBA
Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors helped to extend RISE’s Sideline Racism cause. Green made a surprise announcement on social media prior to his Dec. 3 game against the Phoenix Suns announcing that he'd be wearing special RISE Sideline Racism sneakers when he took the floor that night to match and support his NFL counterparts, who'd be wearing identical cleats the following day.
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NFL PLAYERS WEAR RISE SIDELINE RACISM CLEATS
Thirteen players from nine teams showcased “Sideline Racism” cleats supporting the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) as part of the NFL’s inaugural My Cause, My Cleats campaign. The campaign allowed players from across the league to wear cleats that highlighted a charitable cause important to them during Week 13 games. The cleats are gold to show that it's the gold standard to everyone with respect and dignity.
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS TOWN HALL
RISE joined Prince Amukamara and Kelvin Beachum from the Jaguars, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, as well as members of the Jacksonville police force and U.S. Navy in a conversation on how to improve race relations and create lasting change together in the Jacksonville community.
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ESPN HONORS RISE WITH STUART SCOTT ENSPIRE AWARD
RISE received a Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award and a $100,000 grant from ESPN for leadership in improving race relations and driving social progress. RISE founder Stephen M. Ross accepted the award Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the third annual Sports Humanitarian Awards in Los Angeles. The event honored leagues, teams, individuals and members of the sporting community that are using the power of sports to make a positive impact on society. In honor of former ESPN commentator Stuart Scott, the award celebrates individuals and organizations that have taken risks and used an innovative approach to helping the disadvantaged through the power of sports.
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NFL DRAFT
Special guests representing RISE helped to announce the Miami Dolphins Day 3 NFL draft picks Saturday, April 29, 2017. Miami Dolphins alum and American Heritage High School Head Football Coach Patrick Surtain made the announcement of fifth-round pick (178th overall) defensive tackle Davon Godchaux from Louisiana State University. Accompanying Surtain for the announcement was Miami Carol City Senior High School running back and Dolphins High School Player of the Year Nayquan Wright, as well as Dolphins Team Mom of the Year Marisella Readon from the Boca Braves of the Gold Coast Pop Warner League. The three were recognized throughout the 2016 NFL season by the Miami Dolphins and RISE for their commitment to being leaders both on and off the field. Surtain received the Week 14 High School Coach of the Week award and was named by the Dolphins as the Broward County High School Coach of the Year. Wright received recognition as the Week 5 High School Player of the Week. Readon was the Week 10 Team Mom of the Week award recipient.
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MILKEN INSTITUTE GLOBAL CONFERENCE 2017
RISE presented a panel, “Activist Athletes: Embracing Social Advocacy,” on Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson moderated the panel, including Anquan Boldin of the NFL’s Detroit Lions; three-time WNBA Champion Swin Cash, director of franchise development with the New York Liberty; Stephen Ross, founder and chairman of RISE; and Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations.
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STRATEGY SESSION WITH NEW YORK LIBERTY
RISE had a strategy session with players from the WNBA’s New York Liberty on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, to discuss ways we can work together to make a difference.