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 CEO Jocelyn Benson and New York Liberty President Isiah Thomas speak about using the unifying of sports to promote social progress. Benson and Thomas were interviewed by the MSG Networks during halftime of the Unity Game that RISE and the Liberty presented Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at Madison Square Garden.
The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) will receive a 2017 Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award and a $100,000 grant from ESPN for leadership in improving race relations and driving social progress. Watch how RISE founder Stephen M. Ross is making an impact through RISE and other charitable efforts.
RISE presented a panel, “Activist Athletes: Embracing Social Advocacy,” on Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson moderated the panel, including Anquan Boldin of the NFL’s Detroit Lions; three-time WNBA Champion Swin Cash, director of franchise development with the New York Liberty; Stephen Ross, founder and chairman of RISE; and Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations.
RISE guests announced Miami Dolphins Day 3 NFL draft picks Saturday, April 29, 2017. Dolphins alum and American Heritage High School Head Football Coach Patrick Surtain announced fifth-round pick Davon Godchaux. With Surtain was Miami Carol City Senior High School running back and Dolphins High School Player of the Year Nayquan Wright and Dolphins Team Mom of the Year Marisella Readon from the Boca Braves of the Gold Coast Pop Warner League.
Detroit Heart: RISE Season Celebration
The Detroit Pistons hosted 14 teams from seven Michigan high schools March 29 at The Palace of Auburn Hills to celebrate the completion of the 10-week RISE leadership program for the winter sports season. #DetroitHeart has the story.
Saturday Morning Hoops
RISE spent six weeks in New Orleans, in partnership with the NBA, New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and Up2Us Sports, where we utilized elements of our leadership program and basketball to bring together the New Orleans community, including uniting the youth and the New Orleans Police Department.
RISE's Second Annual Super Bowl Town Hall
RISE hosted its second annual Super Bowl Town Hall, “From Protest to Progress: The Power of Sports to Improve Race Relations” in Houston on Feb. 3. Thirteen NFL activist players joined the panel, which was streamed live on SiriusXM and Facebook Live, to push the racial equality conversation forward and set an example for their fan bases. RISE also released its report on athlete activism in 2016 live at the Town Hall.
The Road of Athlete Activism in 2016
Take a look at the road of athlete activism in 2016 and all of the events that RISE held, including many Town Halls with pro sports teams across the country. All of those events culminated in our Super Bowl Town Hall and release of our report, "From Protest to Progress: Athlete Activism in 2016."
The Conversation: Dolphins players give back
Miami Dolphins players Michael Thomas, Jelani Jenkins, Kenny Stills and Arian Foster share how RISE impacted them during the 2016 season.
Michigan State University Student-Athletes Take RISE Pledge
MSU student athletes across many sports stand up against discrimination and harassment and speak out as leaders to bring their community together.
Pac-12 SAAC students partner with RISE to celebrate diversity and unity
Pac-12 SAAC students partner with RISE to celebrate diversity in sports and learn how to better unify student-athletes from all walks of life.
Detroit Pistons | Detroit Heart: RISE Town Hall
Detroit Pistons players and RISE joined community leaders, law enforcement officials, the Lions, Red Wings and Tigers, as well as students, in promoting positive relationships, conversation and unity.
Arizona State University Honors Stephen Ross as Architect of Change
Founder Stephen M. Ross talks about his vision for RISE as part of being honored by Arizona State University as the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy’s 2016 Architect of Change.
RISE High School Leadership Program: Coaches
The RISE High School Leadership Program works with coaches to help increase student-athletes’ ability to recognize and address racial discrimination, bullying and harassment.
RISE Together: Amara Darboh Found a Second Home with Michigan Football
Amara Darboh fled to the U.S. from Sierra Leone, and it was Michigan Football and family that changed his life.
Ibtihaj Muhammad is First Woman to Wear Hijab in Olympics
Ibtihaj Muhammad didn’t allow labels to hold her back from achieving her dreams. This year she became the first woman wearing hijab to win an Olympic medal.
Pop Warner Coaches Leadership Workshop in San Francisco
Pop Warner coaches from the Bay Area gathered with RISE at Levi's Stadium to discuss the power of sports to unite communities and improve race relations.
The 2016 Miami Dolphins Stand Up for Racial Equality
The Miami Dolphins pledge to treat everyone with respect and dignity and not tolerate harassment of any kind.
Wrestler Jordan Burroughs speaks to how the Olympics allow Team USA to come together as one and how they so proudly illustrate America as a melting pot.
RISE Teams up with NFL Players
Join athletes, coaches and fans to RISE up for respect, understanding and equality.
RISE Up with AVP
RISE and AVP team up to end racism and serve up equality for all.
RISE and Miami Dolphins Partner for 7-on-7 Tournament
RISE led activities designed to increase team building and communication skills at the Dolphins 7-on-7 Tournament Symposium.
RISE and NASCAR Drive for Equality
RISE and NASCAR have teamed up to end racial discrimination and harassment. Winning on and off the track happens when there is equality for all.
Coach Jim Harbaugh Stands with RISE
The football field is a great equalizer. University of Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh stands with RISE in using the power of sport to unite us all.
The University of Michigan community united to take the pledge to stand up against discrimination.
NHL & Willie O’Ree Break Barriers with RISE
Willie O’Ree joins RISE, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens to bring racial equality to center ice.
Miami Dolphins Take a Stand with RISE
The Miami Dolphins have partnered with RISE to take a stand for respect, understanding and equality.
French: NHL and Joe Juneau Team Up with RISE
Watch the pledge in French featuring Joe Juneau, players from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens as the NHL and RISE join together at center ice to stand up for respect, understanding and equality.
Ibtihaj Muhammad Strives for More Diversity in Fencing
Ibtihaj Muhammad has seen a lot of progress in fencing in terms of diversity and she's hoping for even greater progress moving forward.
Maya Moore Shares How Sports Helps You Grow as a Person
By playing team sports Maya Moore has become more aware of the people around her, which has also helped her become a better person.
1996 Gold Medalist Dan O’Brien’s Olympic Journey
1996 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist Dan O'Brien reflects on the team spirit and unifying power of sports that played such a special role in his Olympic experience.
Olympian Dan O'Brien's Journey of Self-Discovery
Dan O'Brien reflects on how his community and upbringing shaped his identity.
Draymond Green’s Journey to the NBA Finals
Draymond Green’s journey to the Warriors and NBA Finals began at Michigan State, where he learned that playing as one team was the key to winning.
RISE Founder Stephen Ross on CBS
Stephen Ross joined CBS this Morning in October 2015 to announce the launch of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE).