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We have developed a dynamic, interactive curriculum, the RISE Leadership Program, which increases an understanding of racial equity and builds cultural competence. Our programs equip professional, collegiate and school-aged athletes, coaches and sports administrators with the tools to be leaders in addressing matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusion.

We build skills and create safe spaces to have difficult conversations. Our curriculum covers topics such as identity, implicit bias, racial ideology and athlete activism and teaches skills such as perspective taking, empathy, conflict resolution and leadership.

We often take a train-the-trainer approach where administrators, coaches and athletes are trained to facilitate our curriculum with their teams, strengthening the capacity of the organization to independently address these topics. Coaches and administrators are empowered to facilitate modules from the RISE Leadership Program and learn how to address tough questions around issues of race, identity, diversity and inclusion with their teams.

"I've never seen conversations or material promoted in a way that's been more constructive or more positive in my experience in creating equitable environments within which to compete."

Ashton Henderson

Detroit Pistons, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

"RISE has been instrumental in helping our institutions, student-athletes and administrators navigate those tough topics."

Shamaree Brown

ACC, Director, Student-Athlete Programs & Compliance

Multi-Week Leadership Programs

Youth and coaches engage in weekly sessions that combine RISE's experiential learning curriculum with sports. Participants play together and learn together. These programs offer opportunities to have important and often difficult conversations about race, perceptions and stereotypes.

Our multi-week programs have taken place in cities such as Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and Tampa, often partnering with local professional sports teams like the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Lightning, and community organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs and Police Athletic Leagues.

Strengthening Law Enforcement - Community Relations

Many of our multi-week programs use sports to unite law enforcement with the communities they serve. We partner with professional sports leagues, teams and athletes to bring together local youth and law enforcement to break down barriers, build trust and strengthen relations. Our programs combine learning on and off the field of play, with leadership activities focused on identity & diversity, empathy and conflict resolution.

Leadership Workshops & Roundtables

We lead interactive workshops for pro-athletes, student-athletes, coaches and staff that cover a multitude of topics and skills, such as implicit bias and perspective taking. We also facilitate strategic roundtable discussions with a solution-oriented agenda to foster positive change in the community.


Explore and download some of our educational modules to learn how to facilitate our interactive curriculum. Explore our glossary of race-related terms and concepts to support discussions on these important topics.

RISE glossary

RISE has created a glossary of race-related terms and concepts to support discussions on these important topics. Additional content will be added to the glossary on an on-going basis.

Discussion Plans

This module helps participants explore labels central to our identities while also demonstrating just how fluid our identities can be. Participants also discuss ways in which diversity can be valuable.

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Within this module, participants learn the definitions of key terms related to race and diversity and how these constructs sometimes shift depending upon the social context.

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During this module, participants learn about the difference between equality and equity and how they can be used to achieve fairness.

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Within this module, participants examine examples of professional athletes using sports as a vehicle for social progress. They also explore ways in which they can use their own platform to drive change.

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During this module, participants learn about the influence and responsibility that social media users have and examine what makes this type of content positive or negative.

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This module provides participants with an opportunity to work together as a team to achieve a common goal. The module concludes with a discussion on effective methods for community building.

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In this module, participants discuss instances of being included and excluded. They also are challenged to explore the connection between racism and experiences of inclusion and exclusion.

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During this module, participants explore the use of racial imagery in sports and the varying points of view on the subject.

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This module helps participants reflect on their own influence and power and how it can be used for positive change.

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Within this module, participants gain an understanding of empathy and practice the difference between problem solving and empathetic listening.

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Digital Modules

In this module you will be introduced to RISE and our mission to fight against racism. We will define racism and provide you the opportunity to hear how some current and former athletes are using their platform to speak out. Finally, we provide you the opportunity to take the RISE Pledge to End Racism.

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Racism exists in various forms. In this activity, we'll explore the differences between systemic racism and interpersonal racism, and how both might manifest themselves in your daily life.

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Test your knowledge of important race-related terms and concepts from the RISE Glossary to assure you're best equipped to engage in critical conversations around topics such as race, identity, diversity and inclusion.

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RISE Digital Learning Series

The RISE Digital Learning Series is a web-based interactive experience that equips students, athletes, coaches and fans with the tools to be culturally competent and advocates for racial equity. Follow along as athletes and experts provide perspective on critical topics such as racism, identity, athlete activism and more. The series features blogs, videos, podcasts, live chats and other interactive games.

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Published October 2020

RISE College Athletics Survey on Racism & Athlete Activism
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Published June 2020

Changing Perceptions and Building Relationships Between Youth & Law Enforcement
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Published Feb. 2018

The Athlete's Quest For Social Justice: An examination of 2017 Goals and Impact
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Published Feb. 2017

From Protest to Progress: Athlete Activism in 2016
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Jerrell Price

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