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Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast

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With new episodes every other Tuesday, Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast gives athletes and leaders in sports a platform to tell their stories and share their perspectives on issues of athlete activism, social justice and diversity in sports. Hosted by Ian Cutler, our podcast features interviews on how athletes are making a difference in their communities, and the power of sports to bring people together, improve race relations and promote understanding, respect and equality. Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast is a product of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.

With new episodes every other Tuesday, Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast gives athletes and leaders in sports a platform to tell their stories and share their perspectives on issues of athlete activism, social justice and diversity in sports. Hosted by Ian Cutler, our podcast features interviews on how athletes are making a difference in their communities, and the power of sports to bring people together, improve race relations and promote understanding, respect and equality. Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast is a product of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.

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United States

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With new episodes every other Tuesday, Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast gives athletes and leaders in sports a platform to tell their stories and share their perspectives on issues of athlete activism, social justice and diversity in sports. Hosted by Ian Cutler, our podcast features interviews on how athletes are making a difference in their communities, and the power of sports to bring people together, improve race relations and promote understanding, respect and equality. Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast is a product of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.

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@risetowin

Language:

English

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2126348075


Episodes

Kirk Walker, UCLA Assistant Softball Coach, Sports Equality Foundation

1/26/2021
Kirk Walker is an Assistant Softball Coach at UCLA and co-founder of the Sports Equality Foundation, a newly launched TikTok initiative that provides a space for LGBTQ student-athletes and coaches to be their authentic selves and advance inclusion and acceptance within the larger sports community. Kirk was considered the first openly gay NCAA Division I male coach when he came out publicly in 2007 while head coach of Oregon State’s Softball team, and recently was named the Outsports 2020...

Duration:00:24:37

Torrey Smith, 2x Super Bowl Champion & Joanne Pasternack, Co-Founder, Athletes' Voices

1/12/2021
Torrey Smith and Joanne Pasternack discuss their involvement with a new initaitve, Atheltes' Voices, a program dedicated to providing tools, guidance, and mentorship for athletes to grow their social impact. Smith and Pasternack also share what it was like inside the San Francsico 49ers organization in 2016 when Collin Kaepernick first took a knee to protest racial injustice and discuss the growing influence athletes have to effect social change. We also discuss the events at the U.S....

Duration:00:34:24

Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, U.S. Navy & Reagen Coleman, Daphne High School

12/29/2020
Reagan Coleman left her high school cheerleading team in Daphne, Alabama, after several of her teammates posted a photo to social media while holding a shirt that read, “I love Redneck boys” and had an image of the Confederate Flag. Reagan and retired Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, the US Navy’s 26th Chief Chaplain, join RISE's Dr. Andrew Mac Intosh to discuss the aftermath after participating in a RISE critical conversation to address the incident in the community.

Duration:00:17:31

Phaidra Knight, Rugby Hall of Famer & WSF President-Elect

12/15/2020
Phaidra Knight is one of only two American women inducted in the World Rugby Hall of Fame and was USA Rugby's Player of the Decade, but now in her post-playing career, she will begin her term as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation in January 2021. She discusses her athletic career as a multi-sport star, upcoming role at the WSF and how our country can better support women athletes, experiences with an intersectional identity and serving as a role model for the LGTBQ+ community as a...

Duration:00:22:37

Kalley Armstrong, Founder, Armstrong Hockey

12/1/2020
Kalley Armstrong, a former captain for Harvard's women's hockey team, shares how her grandfather, Hockey Hall of Famer George Armstrong, who led the Toronto Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cups and was one of the first Indigenous players to play in the NHL, inspired her to reconnect with her roots and launch a hockey development and mentorship program for First Nations youth in Ontario, Canada. Co-hosting this episode with Ian Cutler is Michelle Picard, RISE's Group 1001 Fellow. Michelle is a...

Duration:00:27:22

Scott Pioli, former NFL Executive & RISE Board of Directors

11/17/2020
Scott Pioli discusses the state of diversity and inclusion in the NFL, why he's personally given back to HBCU’s, the impact athletes and sports had leading up to the 2020 U.S. Election, and how athletes can continue growing their influence on issues beyond their sport.

Duration:00:26:24

Author Jen Bryant & Illustrator Frank Morrison

11/3/2020
Jen Bryant and Frank Morrison collaborated for a new book titled “Above the Rim” that looks at the life and career of Elgin Baylor, an NBA Hall of Famer as a player and former NBA Executive of the Year. The book focuses on a relatively lesser-known moment of athlete activism in the late 1950s. Baylor, then a player on the Minneapolis Lakers, took a stand by taking a seat and refusing to play after he was denied a room at a West Virginia hotel. It resulted in the NBA changing its rule, and it...

Duration:00:17:08

Jaguars WR Chris Conley and Michigan State Football Coach Mel Tucker

9/8/2020
RISE recently led sessions with both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Michigan State football team as part of its nonpartisan voter education and registration initiative, RISE to Vote. In the first of two interviews in this episode, Jaguars WR Chris Conley sheds light on his family's connection to the civil rights movement and how discussions about voting is changing in NFL locker rooms. Then, the Spartans' head coach Mel Tucker discusses his response to the national reckoning on race as one of...

Duration:00:11:39

Alonzo Carter, San Jose State Assistant Football Coach

8/25/2020
Alonzo Carter is an assistant football coach at San Jose State University and one of the most influential voices in college sports today. RISE’s Jared Shanker speaks with Carter about two initiatives that are helping re-examine and redefine the sports and coaching landscape – first, the West Coast Zoom Clinic, where Carter has hosted in excess of 7,000 coaches, many of color, to talk about several topics affecting them, including issues of race. And second, we discuss his role in the new...

Duration:00:22:04

Val Ackerman, BIG EAST Commissioner

8/4/2020
BIG EAST Conference Commissioner Val Ackerman joins RISE's Ian Cutler and Jared Shanker to discuss the conference's new partnership with RISE and empowering student-athletes to be social justice advocates. Plus, we talk about the state of college sports amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and her tenure as the first WNBA President and how the league and its players have become leading voices for social change.

Duration:00:31:36

Renee Montgomery, 2x WNBA Champion

7/21/2020
With the WNBA season set to begin July 25, two-time WNBA Champion Renee Montgomery will not be with her team, the Atlanta Dream. She has instead decided to forgo the season to focus on various social justice initiatives and the fight against racism. RISE's Ian Cutler and Jared Shanker speak with Renee over Zoom about her decision to skip the season and the specific social justice goals she’s set for herself this year. Plus, we speak with Renee about the open letter she wrote to team co-owner...

Duration:00:27:37

Sam Sessoms, Penn State Men's Basketball

7/7/2020
Sam Sessoms is a junior guard for Penn State University’s Men’s Basketball team who organized a Black Lives Matter protest in his hometown of Philadelphia with fellow student-athletes from rival schools following the murder of George Floyd. We talk to Sam about building this coalition of student-athletes, his experience as a Black student-athlete at predominantly white institutions and next steps, including police reform and how he hopes college athletes, coaches and administrators will...

Duration:00:14:14

Jim Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers & N. Jeremi Duru, Fritz Pollard Alliance and American University

6/23/2020
Jim Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers and N. Jeremi Duru, a professor of sports law at American University and Counsel to the Fritz Pollard Alliance, discuss the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which is designed to create more coaching and executive leadership opportunities for minorities. We discuss the rule's evolution and effectiveness addressing larger issues of bias and systemic racism, and explore what more can be done to increase inclusive leadership across the league and beyond. Plus, with the...

Duration:00:50:23

John Thomas, Minnesota Timberwolves & Minnesota Lynx VP of Basketball Development

6/9/2020
Minnesota native John Thomas, a former NBA player and current VP of Basketball Development for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, and Kim Miller, RISE’s VP of Programs and a resident of South Minneapolis, join us for a conversation about the murder of George Floyd, the ensuing nationwide protests around police brutality and systemic racism, and the impact of athletes and the sports community in creating change. We discuss the current situation in Minneapolis and a town hall conversation...

Duration:00:18:41

George Hill, Milwaukee Bucks & Kristen Ingram, PLUS ONE Society

5/26/2020
Milwaukee Bucks Guard George Hill and Kristen Ingram, CEO of PLUS ONE Society, talk about their work with the NBA confronting social justice issues. They share the impact of programs like the Play for Justice initiative, which humanizes the stories of people in incarcerated communities and draws attention to the need to address issues of racism and criminal justice reform.

Duration:00:31:17

Charles Grantham, NBPA former Executive Director

5/12/2020
Charles Grantham served as the first Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association and currently heads the Center for Sports Management at Seton Hall University. He talks about the history of labor negotiations in the NBA and what lessons can be learned from collective bargaining when trying to lead a movement and create structural and systemic change. Co-hosting with Ian Cutler is RISE's Sr. Director of Curriculum, Dr. Collin Williams Jr. the co-author of The...

Duration:00:48:06

Seth Waugh, CEO, PGA of America

4/28/2020
Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America and a member of RISE's Board of Directors, talks about how the golf world has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and how he envisions a return to play once conditions are safe. Plus, growing the game and how the PGA is striving to make golf a more diverse and inclusive sport. What does it takes to be an inclusive leader, especially during a time of crisis? Finally, we speak about the latest topic of our RISE Digital Learning Series, "Privilege."...

Duration:00:24:25

Paul Millsap, PGA WORKS Ambassador, Denver Nuggets forward & 4x NBA All-Star

4/15/2020
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, a 4x NBA All-Star, discusses his role as the first ever PGA WORKS Ambassador and his partnership with PGA of America to advance diversity and inclusion in golf. Also, how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting him and the NBA, memories of Kobe Bryant, his personal experiences with racism and finding his voice as a professional athlete. Plus, the power of athlete activism and RISE’s latest topic from its digital learning series, Sports as a Vehicle for...

Duration:00:27:36

Katrina Adams, USTA Immediate Past President & VP, International Tennis Federation

3/31/2020
Katrina Adams shares her experience after testing positive for COVID-19, and talks about the impact the global pandemic is having on the tennis world. Adams was the youngest, the first African-American and the first former professional player to serve as President of the United States Tennis Association. She's currently Vice President of the International Tennis Federation. We discuss her groundbreaking career, experiences with racism, the legacy of tennis players like Althea Gibson and...

Duration:00:33:16

COVID-19, Sports & Racism: A conversation with RISE's Dr. Andrew Mac Intosh & Peyton Finley

3/18/2020
RISE VP of Curriculum Dr. Andrew Mac Intosh discusses issues of racism that have arose out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how sports serve as an effective tool for understanding important concepts such as perspective taking and stereotyping that are critical in the midst of this crisis. Plus, RISE Manager of Events & Marketing Peyton Finley shares her story from working at the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas as the sports world suddenly shut down.

Duration:00:19:52