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RISE is ready for 2024... is 2024 is ready for RISE?

With your help, our impact in 2023 was greater than ever before. The pages of this RISE Annual Report highlight our collective efforts last year and aim to inspire us to do even more in 2024. We appreciate your continued efforts and partnership as we continue to build a nation committed to racial equity and social justice. Amidst great adversity and turmoil, this task and our mission at RISE is increasingly critical. Thank you for aligning with RISE and supporting our work.

Diahann Billings-Burford, CEO

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Thank you for your commitment to equality in sports, and the example of sport in bridging racial divides across greater society. There is no doubt that sport is a central motivator in bringing together people of all races and transcending racial divides. Sports are a common denominator unifying people of all ages, races, social and economic statuses, and all political parties—at least during the time of games, races or matches. Broader society can benefit greatly from the spirit of unity, respect and mutual understanding found in sports. In 2024 at RISE, we will face challenges and opportunities head on and continue our work to end racism.

Troy Vincent, Sr., RISE Co-Chair | Executive Vice President, Football Operations, NFL

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Like nothing else, sports brings together players, coaches and fans of all backgrounds, races, and socioeconomic differences. Throughout my life and career and especially in leadership roles with the PGA, NBC Sports and now back at my alma mater, Notre Dame, I've seen firsthand the incredible power of sports to transcend societal differences. Since its founding in 2015, RISE has educated more than five million people and empowered nearly 500 partners across all sports to address racism. Inspiring leaders to speak up, RISE has unique ability to create positive change.

Pete Bevacqua, RISE Board Co-Chair | Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics, Notre Dame

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RISE is a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.

Our vision is a nation unified through sport, committed to racial equity and social justice.


Emotional: Cultural Competence


increase in confidence having difficult conversations about race and diversity

Behavioral: Intention to Act


would intervene against discrimination, a 90% increase from prior to the program

Impact Stories

Ben Simmons Family Foundation + Good Shepherd Services

"Giving young people the opportunity to find their own voice and use it to combat racism and social inequities will prepare them to grow into our future leaders."

- Ben Simmons, Brooklyn Nets player and Founder, Ben Simmons Family Foundation.

RISE with the Rams

"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."

- Johnathan Franklin, Director, Social Justice and Football Development

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Past Reports




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