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.

PANEL DISCUSSION: 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.
ADVOCACY IN SPORTS WORKSHOP
The three-day NFL, Morehouse College and RISE Advocacy In Sports Workshop in February 2018 educated athletes on how to develop and implement effective advocacy platforms that positively impact society.
USA VOLLEYBALL ATHLETES TAKE RISE PLEDGE
USA Volleyball athletes stand up against discrimination and harassment and speak out as leaders to bring their community together.
RISE AT SUPER BOWL EXPERIENCE (2018)
RISE presented its “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience at Super Bowl Experience leading up to Super Bowl LII in 2018. Participants showed their support for understanding, respect and equality by visiting RISE in the Minneapolis Convention Center and got a digital photo or gif to share on social media. NFL players, such as Seth DeValve of the Cleveland Browns, made appearances for RISE all week. Visitors also were able to sign the RISE pledge against discrimination and to team up for democracy by registering to vote as part of the RISE to Vote campaign. Visitors also had the chance to win one of five prizes, including memorabilia signed by NFL players and two tickets to the Super Bowl.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: UNIFYING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE
“Community Conversation: Unifying Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve” brought together law enforcement, students and athletes Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in the Hall of Legends at Ford Field in Detroit. The event was a collaboration of RISE, Michigan State Police, Detroit Police Department, Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Office of Gov. Rick Snyder. Through a panel discussion and small group breakout sessions facilitated by RISE, the event created productive dialogues to strengthen relationships and improve communities. Students also were introduced to career opportunities in law enforcement. Groups of students from Cody – Academy of Public Leadership, Cody – Detroit Institute of Technology College Prep High School, Cody – Medicine and Community Health Academy, and Communication and Media Arts High School participated, as did a group of students from Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley spoke at the event. Panelists were former Detroit Lions player Lomas Brown; Detroit Police Chief James Craig; former Detroit Pistons player Earl Cureton; and Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director, Michigan State Police. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson moderated the panel. Additional conversation events are planned for other areas of Michigan this year. These events are part of the comprehensive plan the governor announced in October to review the culture of state government across all departments and all levels of employment.
AMERICAN HEROES NATIONAL LAUNCH & YOUTH FOOTBALL CELEBRATION
RISE joined a variety of organizations Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Minnesota for the American Heroes National Launch & Youth Football Celebration leading up to Super Bowl LII and uniting youth and law enforcement. The Jack Brewer Foundation (JBF Worldwide), in partnership with the NFL, Minnesota Vikings, National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues (NPAL), Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and Sanneh Foundation launched the national program uniting youth and police through the power of sports and education.