Welcome to the home of RISE’s videos and interviews where you can see the leaders of the sports world working towards one common goal of unifying our country.

WE ARE RISE

The only thing greater than sport is the spirit that rises from it. That spirit unites cultures, races, backgrounds to work toward one common goal. It is our goal to use this spirt and the unifying power of sport to advance race relations.

DISC 2018 SPORTS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SYMPOSIUM
Video highlights of the Diversity and Inclusion Sports Consortium (DISC) 2018 Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium. RISE hosted the symposium 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.
RISE TO VOTE WITH UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ATHLETICS
Video highlights of the RISE to Vote campaign with about 400 student-athletes at the University of Texas at Austin on Monday, Aug. 27. RISE to Vote is a RISE’s 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 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.
PAC-12 FOOTBALL TAKES RISE PLEDGE
Football players and coaches representing all of the Pac-12 Conference universities take the RISE pledge against discrimination.
RISE COACHES CLINIC IN DETROIT
Video highlights of the RISE Coaches Clinic on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at RISE’s Midwest regional office in Detroit. About 50 coaches, sports administrators and youth program managers from throughout southeast Michigan attended the half-day train-the-trainer workshop to learn how to facilitate the RISE High School Leadership Program. They will lead the program at their school or organization this fall. The training included a Q&A session with former Detroit Tigers player Willie Horton. Leading the Q&A was Kim Miller, RISE’s vice president, leadership & education programs.
RISE COACHES CLINIC IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Video highlights of the RISE Coaches Clinic on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. About 50 South Florida coaches, sports administrators and youth program managers attended the half-day train-the-trainer workshop to learn how to facilitate the RISE High School Leadership Program. The training included a panel discussion focusing on the value of coaches in a young person’s life and their role in creating an inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds are able to thrive. Panelists were Jason Jenkins, Miami Dolphins senior vice president, communications and community affairs; Mary Ellen (Bingham) Kelly, founder, Fuel Forward, and former Dolphins sports registered dietician; Nat Moore, Dolphins senior vice president, special projects, alumni relations and advisor to CEO, and former Dolphins player; and Twan Russell, Dolphins youth programs ambassador and former Dolphins player. Kim Miller, RISE vice president, leadership & education programs, moderated the panel.
HIGHLIGHTS: ATHLETE ACTIVISM AND THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY
Video highlights of Athlete Activism and the Fight for Equality, an event hosted by RISE and Athlete Ally on Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Galen Center at USC. Professional athletes spoke 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 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.