Creating a nation unified through sports committed to racial equity and social justice.
Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality
We are a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.
Through partnerships and programs, we inspire leaders in sports to create positive change on matters of race and equality.
Board of Directors
STEPHEN M. ROSS
Co-Chair, RISE; Chairman of the Board and Managing General Partner, Miami Dolphins
Co-Chair, RISE; Former Commissioner, NFL; Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling
Secretary of State, Michigan
Kim Davis (Designee)
NBC Sports, President
CEO, SpringHill Entertainment
GEORGE CASEY, JR
U.S. Army (Retired), General
Executive Vice President, Turner Sports Ad Sales
Dr. Derrick Gragg (Designee)
JoAnne Neale (Designee)
Troy Vincent (Designee)
President, RSE Ventures
Fox Sports Network Group, EVP
STACY TESSLER LINDAU, MD
University of Chicago, Professor of Ob/Gyn and Medicine
VP of Corporate Citizenship, ESPN
Chairman, CBS Sports
MICHAEL J. MCNULTY III
USTA Chairman of the Board and President
Brandon Thompson (Designee)
Former NFL Executive
NACDA Past President and Georgetown University Director of Athletics
CEO, USA Track & Field
Renee Washington (Designee)
Kathy Behrens (Designee)
PGA of America, CEO
Sandy Cross (Designee)
STEPHEN M. ROSS
Growing up in Detroit, Miami Dolphins Chairman of the Board and Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross witnessed firsthand the negative impacts of racism within the community. As our society continues to address and navigate the very complicated issues of racism, he established the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) in 2015 to bring the sports community together to advance equality, respect and understanding. Ross, his RISE team and their partners hope to spark enduring change by inspiring dialogue and providing tools for progress.
I saw a unique opportunity to harness the unifying power of sports, produce real change and create a new paradigm. Sports brings together athletes, coaches and fans of all races, uniting us with shared experiences and common goals that allow us to transcend our differences. If there is any place where there is real equality, it's sports. The sports community is uniquely positioned and empowered to break down barriers, and provides us with a vast platform in which to begin open conversations, impact youth and be an effective catalyst for social progress.
— Stephen M. Ross