HOW WE EDUCATE
RISE programs feature our dynamic, interactive curriculum, which increases an understanding of racial equity and builds cultural competence. We equip professional, collegiate and school-aged athletes, coaches and administrators with the tools to address matters of racism, prejudice and inclusivity.
RISE's curriculum covers topics such as identity, bias, diversity concepts and athlete activism and teaches skills such as perspective taking, empathy, critical thinking and leadership.
Our programs, which are offered virtually or in-person, build skills and create safe spaces to have important and often difficult conversations about race, perceptions and stereotypes that must take place in order for a community to grow. We empower participants of all ages to be leaders for racial equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion.
"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."
Executive Associate Athletics Director for Championship Resources, Michigan State University
"This is honestly the most worthwhile endeavor I've been a part of."
Real Salt Lake Assistant General Manager
After RISE Programming
say they learned something they can start using today
of students say they want to deepen their knowledge of race and diversity issues
of students feel equipped to have difficult conversations about race and diversity.
would intervene to stop racial discrimination.
Youth and High School Sports Leadership Programs
RISE works with high schools, middle schools and community organizations to engage teens and their coaches in programs that combine RISE’s experiential learning curriculum and skill building with sports. Participants often play together and learn together.
RISE programs with teen athletes, coaches and athletics staff have been conducted with partners across the country in cities/regions such as Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and New York, partnering with local professional sports teams like the Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Lynx & Timberwolves and Real Salt Lake, and community organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs and Police Athletic Leagues.
Coaches Leadership Series
RISE believes youth and high school coaches are uniquely positioned to positively influence their athletes and the communities in which they compete. To prepare coaches and athletic staff to proactively address challenges related to racism and create an inclusive team environment, we offer a Coaches Leadership Series. As a part of the series, we often partner with professional teams to further unite coaches in their communities to foster relationships among neighboring schools and teams. Read more about the impact of our Coaches Leadership Series as a part of our work with the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers.Bring RISE to Your Community
Strengthening Community-Law Enforcement Relations
We use sports to unite law enforcement with the communities they serve to build stronger and safer communities for everyone. With some of our programs, we partner with professional sports leagues, teams and athletes to bring together local youth and officers to learn and play together, breaking down barriers, building trust and strengthening relations.Bring RISE to Your Community
See the impact of our program with the NBA: Building Bridges Through Basketball.
Read our report on Changing Perceptions and Building Relationships Between Youth & Law Enforcement.
"This program showed me just because I'm young, dosen't mean I'm not a leader in my community."
Our data shows that 94% of collegiate athletes feel racism is a concern in our country, and nearly three in four are willing to engage in programming focused on issues of race, diversity and inclusion. That's why RISE partners with collegiate institutions, athletic departments and conferences at all levels across the country to educate and empower students, athletes, coaches and administrators to be leaders in discussing and addressing racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusion. Much like our programs at the youth and high school level, we also offer trainings for collegiate coaches and can incorporate law enforcement and other community organizations into our college programs.
Learn more about our college programs and our customized strategic approach to creating inclusive campus cultures.Learn More Bring RISE to Campus
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Professional Development
We lead interactive workshops and programs for pro and collegiate teams, including athletes, coaches, administrators and front office staff that cover a multitude of topics and skills, such as bias, anti-racism and inclusive leadership. RISE can also conduct a needs assessment for an organization through surveys and discovery phase workshops to gain an understanding of relevant perceptions and experiences regarding race and social justice within an organization in order to inform strategic plans designed to meet customized diversity, equity and inclusion goals. These programs are also available for corporate partners.Bring RISE to Your Organization
"Truly a stunning and impactful session that has added invaluable insight into our efforts to combat racism in all forms."
William J. Heller
New York Giants SVP & General Counsel
RISE Framework for Cultural Competence
We work with all sports, at all levels, across the country, and engage all races to change attitudes, thoughts and behaviors. RISE's framework for cultural competence can serve as a guide for any organization to build the most inclusive and successful culture.
Keep a finger on the pulse of the organization.
Raise the level of knowledge around issues of race, diversity and inclusion.
Build structures that make diversity and inclusion work pervasive and holistic.
Identify ways to support minority stakeholders.
Create spaces and opportunities for cross cultural dialogue.
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 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.Download PDF
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.View Module Ver Módulo
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.View Module Ver Módulo
During this module, participants learn about the difference between equality and equity and how they can be used to achieve fairness.View Module
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.View Module Ver Módulo
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.View Module
Juneteenth is a commemorative holiday, honoring June 19, 1865 and the end of chattel slavery in the United States.View Module
MLK Day in the United States occurs on the third Monday of January, when we as a Nation celebrate and honor the activism, achievements, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.View Module
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.View Module
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.View Module
During this module, participants explore the use of racial imagery in sports and the varying points of view on the subject.View Module
This module helps participants reflect on their own influence and power and how it can be used for positive change.View Module
Within this module, participants gain an understanding of empathy and practice the difference between problem solving and empathetic listening.View Module
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 through October 15.View Module
Black History month is a celebration, but it is also a call to action, and this has rung true for leaders throughout history, since its inception as a holiday in 1926.View Module
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.View Activity Module
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.View Activity Module
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.View Activity Module
RISE to Vote
Voting is critical in the fight for social justice. Explore our RISE to Vote resources to learn how, where and when to vote in all of your upcoming elections.RISE to Vote
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.Learn More
Published June 2020
Changing Perceptions and Building Relationships Between Youth & Law EnforcementView PDF
Published Feb. 2018
The Athlete's Quest For Social Justice: An examination of 2017 Goals and ImpactView PDF
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Sr. Director, Partnerships