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Together we can RISE up for understanding, respect and equality. Take the pledge to show your commitment to ending racism. I PLEDGE to treat everyone with respect and dignity. I will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. I will speak up whenever I know discrimination is happening and I will stand up for victims.

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PAC-12 WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIP
RISE brought its message of understanding, respect and equality to the 2018 Pac-12 Conference Women’s Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 24, at the McKale Center of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Through RISE’s “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience, fans were able to take the RISE pledge to end discrimination and get a gif from the photo booth to share on social media. RISE’s participation also included giveaways, videos and other messaging.
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DODGER STADIUM COLLEGE BASEBALL CLASSIC
Fans visited RISE’s “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience and took the RISE pledge to end discrimination Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic. RISE partnered with the University of California, Los Angeles; University of Southern California and Los Angeles Dodgers to bring its message of understanding, respect and equality to Game 2 of the event. Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members from UCLA and USC helped to encourage fan participation. RISE giveaways and announcements during the game also were part of the event.
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PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
RISE has brought its message of understanding, respect and equality to the Pac-12 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. RISE was at the 2018 tournament Wednesday, March 7, through Saturday, March 10, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Through RISE’s “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience, fans were able to take the RISE pledge to end discrimination and get a gif from the photo booth to share on social media. RISE’s participation also included giveaways, videos and other messaging.
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PAC-12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
RISE brought its message of understanding, respect and equality to the Pac-12 Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. RISE was at the 2018 tournament Thursday, March 1, through Sunday, March 4, at KeyArena in Seattle. Through RISE’s “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience, fans were able to take the RISE pledge to end discrimination and get a gif from the photo booth to share on social media. RISE’s participation also included giveaways, videos and other messaging.
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BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
RISE brought its message of understanding, respect and equality to the Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. RISE was at the 2018 tournament Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. At RISE’s “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience, fans were able to take the RISE pledge to end discrimination, get a gif from the photo booth to share on social media and register to vote through the RISE to Vote campaign. RISE’s participation also included giveaways and announcements during the game.
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PAC-12 MEN’S SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP
RISE brought its message of understanding, respect and equality to the Pac-12 Conference Men’s Swimming Championship on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. The championship was at King County Weyerhauser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. Through RISE’s “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience, fans were able to take the RISE pledge to end discrimination and get a gif from the photo booth to share on social media. RISE’s participation also included giveaways, videos and other messaging.
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RISE AT DETROIT RED WINGS ‘HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE’ NIGHT
RISE participated in the Detroit Red Wings “Hockey Is for Everyone” Night on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Little Caesars Arena when the Red Wings hosted the Carolina Hurricanes. The game was part of the NHL’s Hockey Is for Everyone Month, which uses the game of hockey to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. On the concourse at RISE’s “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience, fans were able to take the RISE pledge to end discrimination and get a gif from the photo booth to share on social media.
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PAC-12 WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND MEN’S & WOMEN’S DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
RISE brought its message of understanding, respect and equality to the 2018 Pac-12 Conference Women’s Swimming and Men’s & Women’s Diving Championships on Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24. The championships were at King County Weyerhauser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. Through RISE’s “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience, fans were able to take the RISE pledge to end discrimination and get a gif from the photo booth to share on social media. RISE’s participation also included giveaways, videos and other messaging.
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UNITY GAME WITH FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
Florida State University in Tallahassee partnered with RISE to host a Unity Game on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, when the women’s basketball team hosted Boston College. The unity theme was reflected in programming throughout the game, including giveaways, videos and other messaging. On the concourse at RISE’s “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience, fans were able to take the RISE pledge to end discrimination, get a gif from the photo booth to share on social media and register to vote through the RISE to Vote campaign. Leading up to the game, the Seminoles and Eagles players, led by their coaches, took center court and formed a single connected line during the national anthem as a show of unity.
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UNITY GAME WITH BOSTON COLLEGE
Boston College partnered with RISE to host a Unity Game on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Chestnut Hill when the men’s basketball team hosted Notre Dame. The unity theme was reflected in programming throughout the game, including giveaways and videos. The idea to have a Unity Game was born out of a session RISE had with the Boston College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in October, when student-athletes generated ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations.
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2018 INCLUSIVE SPORTS SUMMIT AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
RISE presented various programming Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the 2018 Inclusive Sports Summit at the University of Colorado Boulder. RISE staff member Andrew Mac Intosh led the RISE Social Justice Workshop, highlighting how athletes, coaches and others in sports can effectively use their platforms to advance social causes. The workshop assessed actions taken by athletes in this respect and explored the understanding of social justice, activism and advocacy. RISE staff member Amy Peterson moderated the RISE to Vote Panel Discussion, addressing the importance of voting and the role of sports in civic engagement. Panelists were Tom Garfinkel, CEO of the Miami Dolphins and a university alumnus, and Amber McReynolds, director of elections for the city and county of Denver. RISE to Vote is a nonpartisan effort that partners with sports teams and leagues to register professional athletes to vote and encourages them to lead their fans in becoming informed and engaged citizens. A recent grant from Democracy Fund Voice has allowed RISE to expand its voter-registration initiative to college campuses. RISE partnered with the New Era Colorado Foundation, a local nonpartisan organization, to offer students, faculty and staff at the university the opportunity to register to vote at the Student Recreation Center. RISE also presented its “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience. The university’s Athletic Department and Recreation Services are collaborating on the two-day summit, which provides a space for all to dialogue on social issues while embracing one’s differences through interactive presentations, panel discussion and experiential opportunities. The summit challenges recreational and professional sports and collegiate athletics to examine their social constructs specific to race, gender, sexual orientation, ability and class. Topics include social justice, LGBTQ, race and ethnicity, health and wellness, and careers in sports and recreation.
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RISE PRESENTS ‘IT TAKES ALL COLORS’ AT NHL ALL STAR
RISE presented its “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience for fans at the NHL All Star Pregame event Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, through Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in Tampa, Florida. Fans were able to take the RISE pledge to end discrimination and get a digital photo or gif from the photo booth to share on social media.
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UNITY GAME WITH UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The University of Southern California Trojans partnered with RISE to host a Unity Game on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles when the women’s basketball team hosted the University of California Golden Bears. The unity theme was reflected in programming throughout the game, including prizes, giveaways and videos and other messaging. The first 500 fans received special Unity Game T-shirts.
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UNITY GAME WITH UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
The University of Arizona Wildcats partnered with RISE to host the first-ever collegiate Unity Game on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, when the women’s basketball team played host to the University of Colorado Buffaloes. The unity theme was reflected in programming throughout the game, including RISE’s It Takes All Colors digital photo experience on the concourse, fan giveaways and contests, and videos and other messaging. Fans got involved by participating in a “Blue Out,” wearing Arizona blue T-shirts. The first 600 fans received special Unity Game T-shirts. At halftime, Wilma, the Wildcats mascot, as well as three student-athletes, participated in the #SidelineRacismChallenge, which was launched that day by RISE and the Detroit Pistons. The challenge is meant to show how sports can be used as a vehicle for bringing people together to fight racism.
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RISE ENGAGES FANS AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MLK DAY EVENTS
RISE presented its “It Takes All Colors” fan photo experience for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “It Takes All Colors” was featured for the university’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium and for the Michigan vs. Maryland men’s basketball game.
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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY UNITY GAME WITH DETROIT PISTONS
RISE presented its “It Takes All Colors” fan photo experience Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Little Caesars Arena during the Detroit Pistons game against the Charlotte Hornets as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Game. Programming that celebrated King’s legacy was presented throughout the day.
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RISE PRESENTS ‘IT TAKES ALL COLORS’ AT 2017 MLS CUP
RISE presented its “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience to fans Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, prior to the 2017 MLS Cup in Toronto. The RISE activation was part of the pre-game fan festival outside BMO Field. Fans were able to take the RISE pledge to end discrimination and get a digital photo or gif from the photo booth to share on social media.
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RISE PRESENTS IT TAKES ALL COLORS AT PAC-12 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
RISE presented its It Takes All Colors fan engagement photo experience at the Pac-12 Football Championship on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
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RISE PARTICIPATES IN UNITY AT THE YARD AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
RISE partnered with the Rutgers Leadership Academy for the Unity at the Yard event Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The academy of the university’s Athletic Department hosted the event to promote and celebrate the importance of diversity, respect and unity. RISE participated with a photo booth experience and T-shirt and wristband giveaways. Participants also signed the RISE pledge against discrimination. In addition, the students wrote words that symbolize obstacles in society on pieces of wood; they then karate-chopped the wood, showing a commitment to breaking through the obstacles.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS, RISE HOST 1ST COMMUNITY TAILGATE OF SEASON
The Miami Dolphins, their players and RISE hosted the first CommUNITY Tailgate of the season Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, to strengthen relationships among community leaders, youth and law enforcement.
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RISE PRESENTS IT TAKES ALL COLORS AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO WOMEN’S SOCCER GAME
RISE presented the It Takes All Colors fan activation Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at the University of Colorado women's soccer game.
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RISE PRESENTS IT TAKES ALL COLORS AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO FOOTBALL GAME
RISE presented the It Takes All Colors fan activation Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the University of Colorado football game.
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RISE CEO JOCELYN BENSON MODERATES PANEL FOR MICHIGAN SPORT BUSINESS CONFERENCE PRE-EVENT
RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson moderated a panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, as a pre-event to the student-led Michigan Sport Business Conference at the University of Michigan. Members of various student organizations, including the conference, Black Business Undergraduate Society, Hispanic Business Students Organization and Sport Business Association, attended the diversity conversation at the university’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Panelists were Jamar Adams, U-M alumnus and former student-athlete; Greg Harden, executive associate athletic director, U-M Athletic Department; and Maurice Hurst, U-M student-athlete. The conference will be Friday, Oct. 6.
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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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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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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ALL-STAR SOCCER CELEBRATION
RISE presented its It Takes All Colors fan activation leading up to the 2017 Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Soldier Field in Chicago. The activation took place during Soccer Celebration, the fan experience prior to the game.
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U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE’S 24TH ANNUAL FLAME PROGRAM
Erin Pellegrino, RISE’s vice president, events & programming, spoke Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 24th annual FLAME (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) Program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. FLAME is designed to inspire undergraduate and graduate students of color to pursue careers within the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Twenty-seven student leaders from colleges and universities across the country were selected to participate in the eight-day program.
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USC VS. CAL BASEBALL GAME
Fans visited RISE's It Takes All Colors fan activation booth and took the RISE pledge Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the University of Southern California vs. University of California, Berkeley baseball game. The Pac-12 Conference is one of RISE's collegiate partners.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS 7-ON-7 TOURNAMENT
The Miami Dolphins hosted their annual 7-on-7 football tournament in June, 2016, which brings together the top football players in South Florida. RISE conducted a character-building session on team building and breaking down barriers during the tournament' symposium. RISE also activated It Takes All Colors during the tournament for the athletes and fans to speak up against racism.
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MICHIGAN SPORTS BUSINESS CONFERENCE
RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson participated in the Corporate Social Responsibility panel, students stood up against discrimination at our It Takes All Colors photo booth and our founder Stephen Ross capped off a great day at the Michigan Sport Business Conference with the keynote address.
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PAC-12 WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
RISE participated in its first wrestling event at Pac-12 Conference Championships on Feb. 26. Fans of the sport and conference came by It Takes All Colors speak up against racism.
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GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS “PEACEFUL WARRIORS SUMMIT”
RISE participated Friday, March 17, in the Golden State Warriors "Peaceful Warriors Summit." The event brought 300 middle and high school student together for a day of talking about personal biases and anti-bullying. The students also came through RISE’s It Takes All Colors photo booth to speak up against racism.
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PAC-12 GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
More than 400 Pac-12 gymnastics fans stopped by our It Takes All Colors booth at the Pac-12 gymnastics championships on March 18 to speak up against racism. RISE also showcased the unity taking place throughout the event, as eight teams from the conference came together to compete for the title.
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PAC-12 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
RISE activated It Takes All Colors throughout the 2017 Pac-12 Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, where fans had a chance to come through the booth and speak up against racism.