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Creating a nation unified through sports committed to racial equity and social justice.

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.

Our Impact

Explore this map to see where we are and who we've worked with to improve race relations in our country. Want to bring RISE to your community?

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After RISE Programming


96%

say they learned something they can start using today

97%

of students say they want to deepen their knowledge of race and diversity issues

93%

of students feel equipped to have difficult conversations about race and diversity.

97%

would intervene to stop racial discrimination.

Our Team

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Zoe Henriquez

Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Development

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Jerrell Price

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

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Kathleen Cassino

Director, Program Operations

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Will Greszes

Sr. Director, Data

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Alexandra Jacobs

Executive Assistant/Operations Manager

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Joe Kalar

Sr. Manager, Partnerships

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Scott Koenning

Senior Director, Programs and Strategic Communications

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Scarlen Martinez

Sr. Director, External Affairs and Social Responsibility

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MEHA SADANA

Sr. Manager of Empowerment

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Sydni Spencer

Manager, Reporting and Communication

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RISE was founded in 2015 to harness the unifying power of sport to end racism and champion social justice.

With a coalition of major U.S. sports leagues and media outlets, athletes, educators and social justice experts, RISE engages the sports community to advance values of respect, understanding, tolerance and equality. RISE has since grown exponentially, with programming in more than 40 states, educating more than five million people and empowering nearly 500 partners across all sports. RISE's vision is bold: To create a nation unified through sports committed to racial equity and social justice.

Board of Directors

PETE BEVACQUA

Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics, Notre Dame

JOCELYN BENSON

Secretary of State, Michigan

GARY BETTMAN

Commissioner, NHL

Kim Davis (Designee)

GEORGE CASEY, JR

U.S. Army (Retired), General

MAVERICK CARTER

CEO, SpringHill Entertainment

RICK CORDELLA

President, NBC Sports Programming & Peacock Sports

JON DIAMENT

Executive Vice President, Turner Sports Ad Sales

CHARLIE BAKER

President, NCAA

Felicia Martin (Designee)

DON GARBER

Commissioner, MLS

JoAnn Neale (Designee)

ROGER GOODELL

Commissioner, NFL

STACY TESSLER LINDAU, MD

University of Chicago, Professor of Ob/Gyn and Medicine

ROB MANFRED

Commissioner, MLB

KEVIN MARTINEZ

VP of Corporate Citizenship, ESPN

GABRIELLE RAYMOND MCGEE

COO, Tory Burch Foundation

SEAN MCMANUS

Chairman, CBS Sports

STEVE PHELPS

NASCAR, President

Brandon Thompson (Designee)

SCOTT PIOLI

Former NFL Executive

LEE REED

NACDA Past President and Georgetown University Director of Athletics

LEW SHERR

CEO and Executive Director, USTA

MAX SIEGEL

CEO, USA Track & Field

Renee Washington (Designee)

DANNY SILLMAN

CEO, Relevant Sports Group

ADAM SILVER

Commissioner, NBA

Kathy Behrens (Designee)

DANIEL TOWRISS

CEO, Group1001

TROY VINCENT, SR.

Co-Chair; Executive Vice President, Football Operations, NFL

SETH WAUGH

PGA of America, CEO

Sandy Cross (Designee)

PAUL TAGLIABUE

Board Emeritus, RISE; Former Commissioner, NFL; Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling

STEPHEN M. ROSS

Board Emeritus and Founder, RISE; Chairman of the Board and Managing General Partner, Miami Dolphins

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