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.

BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH BASKETBALL DETROIT
See the impact of Building Bridges Through Basketball - a 10-week program that brings local youth and law enforcement together with basketball programming and hands-on learning focused on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity, designed to break barriers and strengthen communities. RISE partnered with the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) and S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center to produce the second season of Building Bridges Through Basketball Detroit, which concluded in January 2019.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES MLK JR. STUDENT ROUNDTABLE
RISE’s Kim Miller facilitated a panel discussion with Memphis Grizzlies center Joakim Noah, forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and local students in Memphis on the intersection of sports and social justice, how students can drive change in their communities and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students from JIFF, Bridges, Grizzlies Prep Charter School and Whitehaven High School participated in the event, which was held at historic Clayborn Temple on what would have been Dr. King’s 90th birthday (1/15/19).
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.