RISE with the Rams
September 21, 2023
RISE teamed up with the Los Angeles Rams" rather than National Football League's Rams.
This year's RISE with the Rams initiative included five sessions for varsity football players from Abraham Lincoln High School and Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School.
This summer, panel discussions featured former Rams Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, former NFL running back and Rams Director of Social Justice and Football Development Johnathan Franklin, former NFL running back and Dorsey High School Head Coach Stafon Johnson and Lincoln High School Head Coach Gabriel Cotero.
Participants of the program also visited the Rams training camp facility at UC Irvine for sessions which explored using sports as a vehicle for change and community building, while focusing on diversity concepts and unconscious bias.
The program culminated with a panel discussion at the Ram's headquarters at Hollywood Park and concluded with an opportunity for participants to watch the Rams' preseason game at SoFi Stadium.
We want to foster an environment that can help develop change, shape perspective, and build our community through civic engagement. The Rams believe RISE with the Rams is a vehicle that can unite and empower local student-athletes and coaches to be the catalysts of change in their own communities. We were grateful to partner with RISE for year six and achieve these goals this season.” - Jonathan Franklin, Director, Social Justice and Football Development
RISE with the Rams was created to build relationships between local high school football teams with a cross-section of racial and socioeconomic backgrounds to break down barriers and build leadership and cultural competency skills for student-athletes, coaches and LAPD officers.
Since 2018, more than 20 high school football teams in the greater Los Angeles region have participated in the program.