RISE presented a program Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Michigan State University in East Lansing for about 165 freshman student-athletes and Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) leaders from various sports. The program focused on provoking positive change, leadership and respect. Derek Greenfield, a nationally known speaker, led a discussion about cultural competence and inclusion at their intersection with leadership.
RISE staff members Andrew Mac Intosh and Kim Miller presented a program Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, for 36 members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Florida State University in Tallahassee. The 90-minute workshop, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations.
A Culmination Event featuring special guest Jerian Grant of the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, concluded the Building Bridges Through Basketball summer enrichment program bringing youth and law enforcement together in Chicago. The 10-week program was partnership of the NBA, Under Armour, RISE and Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, with officers from the Chicago Police Department participating. The program engaged 60 young people in weekly 2.5-hour sessions featuring a combination of on-court basketball programming and hands-on learning developed by RISE focused on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity. Other highlights of the Culmination Event included the final education session of the program; a basketball clinic for participants with Grant; a panel discussion featuring program facilitators, student-athletes and police; and dinner and entertainment for student-athletes and their parents.
RISE presented a program Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for about 150 freshman and transfer student-athletes from various sports. The program focused on provoking positive change, leadership and respect. Derek Greenfield, a nationally known speaker, led a discussion about cultural competence and inclusion at their intersection with leadership.
Coaches from Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami gathered Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, to complete training for RISE’s fall 2017 High School Leadership Program. The coaches from cross country, football and volleyball will deliver the program to their respective teams via nine modules in the fall season. Led by Kim Miller, RISE’s vice president, leadership & education programs, coaches reviewed RISE’s fall curriculum and gained direct experience facilitating activities with their peers. Washington is RISE’s first Miami-Dade high school.
RISE and the WNBA’s New York Liberty presented a leadership session Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, for student-athletes at Madison Square Garden. Participating were teammates of Mount Vernon basketball standout Shamoya McKenzie, who died at age 13 when she was struck by a stray bullet this past New Year’s Eve. The session discussed how understanding our identities, the value of diversity and the ability to build trust are all important aspects of leadership and building strong teams and communities. The 11 student-athletes learned that while they are different they also have many similarities that unite them. They gained an understanding of how diversity makes their team successful. WNBA legend and former Liberty player Kym Hampton shared her story, the challenges she faced and the importance of building up your self-esteem to be confident in who you are as a woman. She also emphasized how our identities continue to evolve. After the session, the participants attended the Liberty game against the Los Angeles Sparks. The students also were invited to attend the Unity Game on Sunday, Aug. 20, presented by RISE and the Liberty.
RISE offered a session on Building Diversity & Inclusion Skills Through Sports on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, as part of a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) seminar. About 50 coaches and athletic staff participated in the session, which focused on identity, diversity and implicit bias. The seminar was in St. Paul at the University of St. Thomas, one of the 13 MIAC member schools.
RISE facilitated a session Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Student-Athlete Leadership Conference at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona. The 80-minute session for 95 athletes representing the 13 MIAC member institutions included activities focused on leadership, perspective taking and stereotypes. Athletes spent time discussing race and diversity-related issues on their campuses while considering positive actions to take on campus, in their athletics departments and with their teams to create a more positive, inclusive culture.
More than 15 coaches representing six Michigan high schools, seven sports and 11 teams gathered Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Detroit’s Cody – Academy of Public Leadership to complete training for RISE’s fall 2017 High School Leadership Program. The coaches will deliver the program to their respective teams via nine modules in the fall season. Led by trainer Gary Winston of Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology, coaches reviewed RISE’s fall curriculum and gained direct experience facilitating activities with their peers. Schools and teams represented were Chandler Park Academy (football, volleyball) in Harper Woods, Cody – Academy of Public Leadership (football, cheerleading, boys cross country, girls cross country), Plymouth High School (band, girls swimming), University Prep Academy (boys and girls cross country) in Detroit, University Prep Science & Math High School (boys and girls cross country) in Detroit and West Bloomfield High School (boys basketball).
Student-athletes and coaches participated in RISE workshops Friday, July 28, 2017, and Saturday, July 29, at The First Tee: Life Skills and Leadership Academy at Michigan State University in East Lansing. RISE trained coaches to facilitate sessions on Identity and Diversity and Sports as a Vehicle for Change. RISE staff also engaged in the sessions and provided support. More than 90 student-athletes and 10 coaches participated in the RISE workshops at the national academy, running July 26 to Aug. 1. Nearly 100 junior golfers from The First Tee attend the academy each year. Teen participants have the opportunity to develop and hone skills to become leaders in their chapters, schools and communities while experiencing championship golf, career exploration and dorm living. The academy is staged by The First Tee home office and is hosted by MSU and The First Tee of Mid-Michigan.
RISE staff members Andrew Mac Intosh and Kim Miller presented a workshop Sunday, July 16, 2017, for more than 200 coaches at the Peninsula Pop Warner annual meeting. The meeting was hosted by the San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Workshop topics included perspective taking and fostering inclusive teams and communities. The annual meeting covers key guidelines and training prior to the start of the season. Peninsula Pop Warner has more than 7,500 participants, ages 5 to 15, and has been been providing football and cheerleading activities for youth for more than 45 years in California from Salinas/Monterey to Oakland and from Santa Cruz to Pacifica.
RISE staff members Andrew Mac Intosh and Kim Miller presented a workshop Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C., for about 150 trainers at the U.S. Soccer Foundation sixth annual Soccer for Success National Training. Topics included perspective taking and fostering inclusive teams and communities. The national training prepares trainers to deliver effective local trainings for the coach-mentors who work with youth in their respective communities. Soccer for Success is a free afterschool youth development program for youth ages 6 to 14 that uses soccer to promote positive health and behavioral outcomes for children in underserved urban communities. The U.S. Soccer Foundation works with community organizations from across the nation dedicated to using soccer for social change.
RISE received a Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award and a $100,000 grant from ESPN for leadership in improving race relations and driving social progress. RISE founder Stephen M. Ross accepted the award Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the third annual Sports Humanitarian Awards in Los Angeles. The event honored leagues, teams, individuals and members of the sporting community that are using the power of sports to make a positive impact on society. In honor of former ESPN commentator Stuart Scott, the award celebrates individuals and organizations that have taken risks and used an innovative approach to helping the disadvantaged through the power of sports.
RISE’s Building Bridges Through Basketball summer enrichment program bringing youth and law enforcement together in Chicago launched with its first session Thursday, June 22, 2017. The 10-week program is a partnership of the NBA, Under Armour, RISE and Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, with officers from the Chicago Police Department participating. The program engages 70 young people in weekly 2.5-hour sessions featuring a combination of on-court basketball programming and hands-on learning developed by RISE focused on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity.
More than 70 student-athletes along with five facilitators and coaches representing five Hollywood Hills High School teams came together Tuesday, June 6, 2017, for the final session of a RISE leadership education program on improving race relations. Special guest speakers were Nat Moore, a retired Miami Dolphins wide receiver and the Dolphins’ senior vice president, special projects and alumni relations, and Twan Russell, a retired Dolphins’ linebacker and the Dolphins’ senior director of youth programs. The 10-module RISE program was taught to baseball, girls flag football, girls lacrosse, softball and boys volleyball teams over the course of the spring sports season. Hollywood Hills is the first south Florida high school to partner with RISE for the program.
About 145 student-athletes and about a dozen coaches representing eight teams from four Michigan high schools came together Thursday, June 1, 2017, for the final session of a RISE leadership education program on improving race relations. The 10-module program was taught to teams in seven individual schools during the spring sports season, with the students coming together at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit for the final event on the unifying power of sports and leadership. The culmination event included activities, discussion, tours of the museum and lunch. Participating schools in the culmination event were Cesar Chavez Academy High School in Detroit, Saline High School, Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology and West Bloomfield High School.
A tip-off celebration featuring NBA legend Shawn Marion and WNBA legend Tamika Catchings on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, announced the Building Bridges Through Basketball summer enrichment program that brings youth and law enforcement together in Chicago. The 10-week program is a partnership of the NBA, Under Armour, RISE and Union League Boys & Girls Club. The program, which begins in June, will engage 60 young people in weekly 2.5-hour sessions featuring a combination of on-court basketball programming and hands-on learning developed by RISE focused on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity. On May 9, 60 youth participants and members of the Chicago Police Department participated in basketball drills, competitions and combine-style fitness activities.
RISE facilitated a working session Tuesday, May 9, 2017, with Michigan State University Athletics staff, discussing the role coaches and administrators play in moving diversity forward. Members from across the athletics department were present to discuss race-related concepts and how they manifest in everyday society.
RISE presented a workshop, “Using Sports to Build Leadership Skills and Drive Social Progress,” on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, at the FIAAA State Conference in Orlando, Florida. Kim Miller, vice president, leadership & education programs, and Andrew Mac Intosh, national director, leadership & education programs, gave the presentations to members of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. The workshop included an overview of the 10-week RISE leadership program and its impact in high schools, as well as an activity sampled from the high school curriculum. RISE is equipping athletic directors, coaches and student-athletes to be leaders in improving race relations and driving social progress within their teams, schools and communities.
RISE presented "Building Skills to Improve Race Relations and Drive Social Changes" on Saturday, April 29, at the U.S. Soccer Foundation Urban Soccer Symposium. The workshop included an overview of the RISE leadership program and its impact and sample activities.
RISE presented a workshop Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Pac-12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee spring meeting at the Pac-12 office in San Francisco. Two representatives from each Pac-12 school participated in RISE activities about identity, diversity, implicit bias and perspective taking. Representing RISE at the workshop were Kim Miller, vice president, leadership & education programs; Andrew Mac Intosh, national director, leadership & education programs; and Scott Koenning, regional director, leadership & education programs – Midwest.
RISE presented a train-the-trainer workshop Friday, April 21, at the 2017 NCAA Inclusion Forum in Providence, Rhode Island. Kim Miller, vice president, leadership & education programs, and Andrew Mac Intosh, national director, leadership & education programs, presented "Expand Your Toolkit: Building Diversity and Inclusion Skills Through Sports." The workshop discussed how RISE is equipping athletics department administrators, coaches and student-athletes to be leaders in improving race relations and driving social change within their teams, schools and communities. The train-the-trainer session covered activities on identity, diversity and implicit bias.
More than 180 student-athletes and 15 coaches representing 14 teams from seven Michigan high schools came together Wednesday, March 29, for the final session of a RISE leadership education program on improving race relations. The program was taught to the teams in the individual schools for 10 weeks. The students came together at The Palace of Auburn Hills, hosted by the Detroit Pistons, for the final event focusing on identity, trust and community building. The program is designed to empower sports administrators, coaches and student-athletes to be leaders in discussing and addressing matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusivity within their teams, schools and communities. Program participants learn about the history of race and sports, the power of sports to drive change and how they can become leaders in improving race relations.
358 kids from 7 high schools in Michigan, who participated in our anti-racism curriculum, came together in November, 2016 to meet each other at the conclusion of the program.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, RISE were joined by University of Michigan Athletics student-athletes, Desmond Howard and AD Warde Manuel for a Town Hall honoring Dr. King and coming up with solutions to improve race relations.
Saturday Morning Hoops program in New Orleans, which ran for six consecutive Saturdays, was developed by the NBA in collaboration with the New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Up2Us Sports, and RISE to help build stronger and safer communities between New Orleans youth and the New Orleans Police Department.
On March 2, the Detroit Police Athletic League honored RISE with its Varner/Tenbusch "Game Changer" Award for our work with student-athletes in Michigan and across the country. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson accepted the award at the MVP Awards dinner.
RISE brought together more than 110 Mizzou Athletics student-athletes on March 8 as part of Mizzou Made program to explore identity, diversity, shared values and identifying ways to be leaders to create a more inclusive environment that values diversity.
On March 15, we were at Michigan State University in Sociology of Sport class, where we challenged students to reflect on the way they view the world and the assumptions that accompany those viewpoints. We also asked them to reflect on how their experiences and values inform their perspectives. While we suggested they stay true to their values, it's always key to allow room for new experiences and viewpoints.