HOW WE EMPOWER
With a remarkable ability to transcend societal differences, the sports community – athletes, coaches and sports administrators at all levels – can provide an essential influence to improve racial equity in our country.
We are committed to empowering them with the tools, knowledge and experiences to address racism and champion social justice. We create unique opportunities for athletes, coaches and staff to learn and amplify their voice to make a difference as effective advocates.
We host strategic and programmed conversations to develop solution-oriented agendas that focus on provoking positive change in the community and nationally. Our town hall and round table series use sports to convene the likes of athletes, students, coaches, staff, community leaders and law enforcement, to discuss ways they can create positive social change in respect to race relations, inclusivity and social justice.
RISE to Vote
We've engaged thousands of professional and college athletes, coaches and athletic staff through our nonpartisan RISE to Vote initiative, empowering them to use their voice to effect real change. We offer efficient voter registration and education opportunities and share how athletes can become more active citizens and inspire their fans and communities to do the same. Learn more about RISE to Vote and how you can get involved. Start today by using our TurboVote tools to check your registration status, register to vote, request absentee ballots and find out when, where and how to vote in upcoming elections.Learn More
"RISE gave a lot of information, there was time for questions and guys could really voice concerns about voting and how some don't have any experience in that arena but want to do right by their vote."
"I wish I'd have had something like this when I was younger in the league."
Leadership & Sports Advocacy Workshops
"It's impossible to have a voice if you're not learning. This is a great opportunity to understand what it means to be an advocate."
Diversity & Inclusion Sports Consortium (DISC)
We are a proud member organization of the Diversity and Inclusion Sports Consortium (DISC). DISC is a partnership among diversity and inclusion practitioners from the largest sports organizations in the country. Members engage in meaningful, thought-provoking and open dialogue; work together to exchange best practices for diversity and inclusion efforts in the sports industry; and produce ample resources and best practices to advance diversity and inclusion within sport. Other members include: ESPN, MLB, MiLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, WNBA, NCAA, NFL, PGA, PGA Tour, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, USTA and You Can Play.
Each member organization takes turns hosting the annual DISC Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium.
RISE hosted the sixth annual DISC Symposium in Detroit 2018.