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.


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.

RISE to Vote: University of Washington
"If you’re in a position of power, if you’re in a position to effect change, if you’re in a position where people are going to listen to you, then why not utilize your voice to do something greater than yourself." Super Bowl Champion and University of Washington alum Isaiah Stanback shares an empowering message with University of Washington football players through RISE to Vote, inspiring them to be civically engaged and use their voice.
America East #3Pillars Academy: Interview with RISE CEO Diahann Billings-Burford
Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) CEO, Diahann Billings-Burford and America East Commissioner, Amy Huchthausen join in this #3Pillars Academy episode to talk about how sports can be a catalyst for change and social justice.
RISE, Knicks celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As part of Black History Month, RISE partnered with the Junior Knicks and the New York Police Athletic League's Harlem Center to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through interactive workshops and a basketball clinic focused on diversity, leadership & equality. Participants included local youth, NYPD officers and Knicks legend John Wallace.
Golden State Warriors Building Bridges Through Basketball
The Warriors partnered with RISE and the San Francisco Police Department to bring together local youth, law enforcement and community leaders along with Warriors player Damion Jones and former players Tim Hardaway and Adonal Foyle, for an interactive workshop and community dialogue. The ‘Building Bridges through Basketball’ event aimed to engage participants in meaningful conversations about the role that youth, law enforcement and community leaders can play in building stronger communities and fostering more inclusive environments.
RISE Super Bowl Civil Rights Tour, Social Justice Town Hall
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Atlanta Falcons Owner Arthur Blank and Cleveland Browns Owner Dee Haslam were among the participants of RISE's Super Bowl Civil Rights Tour of Atlanta, Jan. 31, 2019 that united executives and players to develop better understanding and appreciation for different perspectives, as well as learn about the civil rights movement and the core values driving the modern-day strive for social justice. The tour was followed by RISE's fourth annual Super Bowl Town Hall, "Champions of Change: Tackling Social Justice Together," at The King Center.
RISE Super Bowl LIII Ticket Giveaway Surprise
RISE surprised four champions of change in Atlanta - two students, a middle school football coach and a police officer - with a ticket to Super Bowl LIII in recognition of their efforts to advance social justice and use the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and promote understanding, respect and equality. Watch what happened