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NFL Players Ty Montgomery, Trae Waynes and Jessie Bates III

Sharing more from our coverage at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, we speak with New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (1:43), Minnesota Vikings defensive back Trae Waynes (14:22) and Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Jessie Bates III (24:09). They each share stories about the complexities of their identities, the way they use their platforms to create change and their experience addressing issues of race on the field, in the locker room and beyond the game. Ty talks about his work supporting...


Super Bowl Sunday Roundtable: Troy Vincent, Cris Carter, Aeneas Williams and Scott Turner

A conversation on race, athlete activism, diversity and inclusion from Super Bowl LIV in Miami with NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent, Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Aeneas Williams, and former NFL player and Executive Director of The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, Scott Turner. The four NFL legends and community leaders share personal stories on the power of sports, their experience with racism and how everyone can play a...


Super Bowl LIV Special: Brandon Copeland, New York Jets

From radio row at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland talks about winning the 2020 Alan Page Community Award from the NFL Players Association for his work uplifting underprivileged youth, and talks about the progress made by NFL players in the fight for social justice. He also shares how he's been inspired by athletes like Kobe Bryant, Anquan Bolden and Haloti Ngata.


Super Bowl LIV Special: Rashad Jennings and Aliya LeeKong

From Radio Row at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, former NFL Running Back and Dancing with the Stars Champion Rashad Jennings, and Celebrity Chef Aliya LeeKong discuss advancing diversity & inclusion in their respective fields. Plus, their partnership through RealEats to promote health & wellness,


Super Bowl LIV Special: Bethel Johnson, 2x Super Bowl Champion

From radio row at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, former NFL wide receiver Bethel Johnson talks about how Muhammad Ali inspires his community activism and how racism prevented him from becoming a baseball star, turning his focus to football instead. Plus, winning two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots at the start of their dynasty.


Jason Jenkins, Miami Dolphins, Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs

From Radio Row at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, we speak with Jason Jenkins, Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs. Jason talks about the role he and his staff play in preparing for the Super Bowl as the game's host city and team, and discusses the Dolphins' approach to engaging the community, improving relations among law enforcement and youth and addressing issues of racism and social justice.


MLK Day Special - A Conversation with Dr. Bernice King

On a special episode to honor Martin Luther King Day, we speak with his daugther, Dr. Bernice King, CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Dr. King reflects on her father’s life and discusses the state of civil rights in our country today. We also talk about the role of sports and athletes in raising awareness around issues of inequality and racism. As RISE prepares to use Super Bowl LIV in Miami to advance the conversation around inclusion and...


Kyle Harrison, Premier Lacrosse League

Kyle Harrison is a veteran, accomplished lacrosse player and one of the few black professional players in the sport. He is a player and league executive in the Premier Lacrosse League, where he serves as head of player relations and diversity and inclusion, as well as plays midfielder for the Redwoods Lacrosse Club. Kyle was a seven-time Major League Lacrosse All-Star and a three-time All-American in college, where he won the Tewaaraton Award as the coutry's most outstanding player during...


Rennie Curran, former NFL player & Personal Development Coach

Former NFL linebacker Rennie Curran opens up about overcoming racism and adversity he's faced on and off the field that motivates him today as a personal development coach. He also talks about working with us at RISE to facilitate workshops with NFL rookies that teach players about identity, leadership, inclusion and the power they have as athletes to be advocates for racial equity and social justice. Finally, Rennie discusses his work as an author, a motivational speaker and CEO of Game...


Skyler Nash, University of Vermont Men's Basketball

Skyler Nash, a redshirt sophomore on the University of Vermont men’s basketball team, faced racism and life-threatening challenges growing up on the South Side of Chicago. But those experiences helped him realize the power of his platform and that he could be more than an athlete. We speak with Skyler about finding his voice and how he's become a community leader for equity and inclusion. He shares how he and his teammates handled negative reactions to athlete protests of social injustice...


Veterans Day Special - General George Casey, U.S. Army, Retired

To celebrate Veterans Day, we welcome General George Casey, a retired four-star general who served as the 36th U.S. Army Chief of Staff under Presidents Bush and Obama from 2007-2011. General Casey, who sits on RISE's board of directors, spent 41 years in the U.S. Army. In our conversation, he shares stories from his time in service, ways to support veterans and his philosophies on teamwork, diversity and leadership - including what he learned as a 21-year-old working for Vince Lombardi...


Edniesha Curry, Assistant Coach, University of Maine Men's Basketball

Former WNBA guard Edniesha Curry is the only female coach in Division I Men’s Basketball. When she was hired by the University of Maine men’s basketball team as an assistant coach last season, she became just the fourth woman to ever serve in that role and the first to do so since 2002. In this episode, Coach Curry shares her unique perspective on advancing inclusion throughout athletics, after participating in the America East Conference Spread Respect Forum, Oct. 20. She speaks about being...


Walter Powell, former NFL player & founder of Politiscope

Walter Powell says he retired from the NFL because he felt his purpose was to help create change. After playing four years in the league, he left the game to create a political startup company, Politiscope – an app that objectively breaks down politics, provides unbiased profiles on elected officials and empowers people to be more civically engaged by helping them register to vote. We speak with Walter about his unique journey to the NFL, how the recent wave of athlete activism and player...


Dr. Katrice A. Albert, NCAA Executive Vice President of Inclusion and Human Resources

Dr. Katrice Albert, the NCAA Executive Vice President of Inclusion and Human Resources, discusses how the NCAA is advancing diversity and inclusion within college athletics and addressing some of the challenges in that space. She speaks about the power of empathy, sharing a personal experience with racism from her childhood, and talks about how the NCAA and RISE work together to empower student-athletes, coaches, administrators and athletic staff to combat discrimination, lead difficult...


Bill Rhoden, The Undefeated

Bill Rhoden, the award-winning columnist for ESPN's The Undefeated, discusses the history and current state of athlete activism, and key stories he's following heading into the NFL season. He also talks about the importance of diversity in sports media and his storied career -- how he discovered his passion for journalism, his 35 years at the New York Times and the all-time athletes he’s had the opportunity to cover, including Willie Mays and Muhammad Ali.


Cappie Pondexter, WNBA Legend

Cappie Pondexter retired from the WNBA just before the start of the 2019 season as one of the league’s greatest players of all time. A two-time league champion, 7-time all-star and Olympic gold medalist, Cappie's influence on the court is well-documented, but her bold voice and fashion statements have impacted so many players off the court, as well. Cappie was a featured panelist at an event hosted by RISE and The Shadow League in New York City entitled, The Vocal Black Athlete, where she...


Stacey Ullrich, Under Armour, Head of Global Philanthropy

Stacey Ullrich talks about Under Armour winning a 2019 ESPN Humanitarian Award thanks to the company’s collaboration with RISE and the NBA on Building Bridges Through Basketball – a 10-week community leadership program that uses basketball to unite local youth and law enforcement in cities across the country. The program teaches topics like identity, diversity, perspective taking and conflict resolution. Stacey also talks about some of the incredible work Under Armour is doing to better...


Elise Ray-Statz, Olympic Medalist & University of Washington Gymnastics Head Coach

Elise Ray-Statz is a national champion and Olympic medal-winning gymnast who’s now head coach of the gymnastics team at the University of Washington, where she’s led the Huskies to top-20 finishes in back-to-back seasons. Elise was part of RISE’s Northwest regional coaches training at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma last month, where coaches from schools throughout the region learned about ways to foster inclusive environments within their team, campus and community by exploring topics...


Celebrating PRIDE Month: Track & Field athlete Nika Ouellette

To celebrate Pride Month, we re-share our conversation with professional Javelin thrower and LGBTQ+ advocate Nika Oullette. Nika is an ambassador for Athlete Ally, an organization that aims to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQ+ equality. Our conversation with Nika stems from an event last July when RISE teamed up with Athlete Ally to engage USC and UCLA student-athletes in Los Angeles, empowering them to advocate for racial and LGBTQ equality and...


Molly Engstrom, 2X Olympic Medalist, USA Hockey

Molly Engstrom is a 2-time Olympic Medalist and 4-time World Champion for USA Hockey, who was named the world’s best defenseman from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. She’s played professionally in North America and in Sweden, and recently participated in a session at the USA Hockey Annual Congress in Colorado Springs on diversity & inclusion led by RISE and White Men as Full Diversity Partners, where players, coaches and administrators discussed addressing racism and diversifying...