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… read more

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

September 17th, 2019


Dr. Katrice Albert, the NCAA Executive Vice President of Inclusion and Human Resources, discusses how the NCAA is advancing diversity and inclusion …

Bill Rhoden, The Undefeated

September 3rd, 2019


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 …

Cappie Pondexter, WNBA Legend

August 20th, 2019


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 …

Stacey Ullrich, Under Armour, Head of Global Philanthropy

July 23rd, 2019


Stacey Ullrich talks about Under Armour winning a 2019 ESPN Humanitarian Award thanks to the company’s collaboration with RISE and the NBA on …

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

July 9th, 2019


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 …

Celebrating PRIDE Month: Track & Field athlete Nika Ouellette

June 25th, 2019


To celebrate Pride Month, we re-share our conversation with professional Javelin thrower and LGBTQ+ advocate Nika Oullette. Nika is an ambassador for …

Molly Engstrom, 2X Olympic Medalist, USA Hockey

June 11th, 2019


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 …

Keith Gill, Commissioner, Sun Belt Conference

May 28th, 2019


Keith Gill was named commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference in March 2019, becoming the first African-American commissioner of a NCAA Football Bowl …

Corey Mays, former NFL Player & Entrepreneur

May 14th, 2019


Corey Mays is a former NFL linebacker and an alum of the University of Notre Dame. Despite being undrafted in 2006 out of college, he played 5 …

Isaiah Stanback, Super Bowl Champion & Entrepreneur

April 30th, 2019


Isaiah Stanback is a former NFL player who starred at the University of Washington, was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and went on to win a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2011. Since retiring from the NFL, Isaiah …

Adia Barnes, Head Coach, University of Arizona Women's Basketball

April 16th, 2019


Adia Barnes, Arizona's women's basketball coach, led the Wildcats to the Women’s NIT Championship this spring, following a season in which the team …

Dr. David Wall Rice, Morehouse College

April 2nd, 2019


Dr. David Wall Rice, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College and Director of the Institute for Social Justice …

Tommie Harris, Former All-Pro NFL Defensive Tackle & Jahmeilla Hunter, Prairie View A&M grad student

March 19th, 2019


Former all-pro defensive tackle Tommie Harris talks about empowering student-athletes and how we as a society can advance unity, diversity and equality by learning from lessons in sports. He also shares the best advice …

Amy Huchthausen, Commissioner, America East Conference

March 5th, 2019


Amy Huchthausen has been commissioner of the America East Conference for eight years. She's the first woman to lead the league and is the only Asian-American woman to be the commissioner of a NCAA Division I athletic …

Cam Lynch, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

February 19th, 2019


Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker and Syracuse alum Cam Lynch joins Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast to discuss the Bucs' community work through their social justice initiative, interacting with law enforcement and …

Super Bowl LIII Special: TJ Adeshola, Head of Twitter Sports

February 3rd, 2019


TJ Adeshola, the head of Twitter Sports, talks about how athletes use Twitter to advance the causes they are about, how Twitter monitors online hate …

Super Bowl LIII Special: Ryan Mundy, Super Bowl Champion, former NFL safety

February 3rd, 2019


Super Bowl Champion Ryan Mundy, who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears and New York Giants, visits Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast at radio row from Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta to reflect on joining …

Super Bowl LIII Special: Orleans Darkwa, NFL RB

February 2nd, 2019


Visiting radio row at Super Bowl LIII, NFL running back Orleans Darkwa discusses how he discovered his platform as a professional athlete, how he and his teammates address issues of social justice, his personal …

Super Bowl LIII Special: Jason Reid, Senior NFL Writer, ESPN, The Undefeated

February 1st, 2019


From radio row at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, ESPN and The Undefeated's Senior NFL Writer Jason Reid reflects on moderating RISE's 4th Annual Super Bowl Town Hall, "Champions of Change: Tackling Social Justice …

Building Bridges Through Basketball Detroit: Officer Danyell Robinson, Detroit PD

January 22nd, 2019


Officer Danyell Robinson of the Detroit Police Department has a passion for engaging youth in his community through sports. Enter Building Bridges …

Jacques McClendon and Jonathan Franklin, Los Angeles Rams

January 8th, 2019


Jacques McClendon and Jonathan Franklin of the Los Angeles Rams talk about ‘RISE with the Rams’ – a season-long program that united the football …

Kim Davis, NHL Executive Vice President Social Impact, Growth, and Legislative Affairs

December 11th, 2018


Kim Davis, the NHL’s executive vice president of social impact, growth initiatives & legislative affairs, talks about the league’s efforts to diversify its sport and fan base, how it addresses incidents of racism …

Etan Thomas

November 27th, 2018


Etan Thomas, who played for nine years in the NBA, shares insights from interviews he conducted with fellow athletes for his latest book, “We Matter: Athletes and Activism.” He also talks about how he discovered the …

Conversation with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Rochelle Riley

November 13th, 2018


Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown University sociology professor and Detroit native, sat with Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley to …

Conversation with Paul Tagliabue, former NFL Commissioner and Co-Chair, RISE Board of Directors

October 30th, 2018


Paul Tagliabue, the former NFL commissioner who also is co-chair of the RISE Board of Directors, speaks with outgoing RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson at the …

Interview with Jeremy Ebobisse, Portland Timbers

October 16th, 2018


Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse says his passion for social justice and education reform stemmed from following the story of Trayvon …

Interview with David Baker, president and CEO, Pro Football Hall of Fame

October 2nd, 2018


David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, talks about how he’s personally experienced the power of sports to unite people of different backgrounds and instill values of inclusion and equality. He …

Interview with Rashad Jennings, former NFL running back and Dancing with the Stars champion

September 7th, 2018


Rashad Jennings, a former NFL running back and “Dancing with the Stars” champion, speaks about the responsibility athletes have to use their platforms to create positive change. Jennings shares some of the stories he …

Athlete Activism and the Fight for Equality: Part III – Interview with Nika Ouellette

July 25th, 2018


Professional javelin thrower Nika Ouellette grew up as one of four openly gay sisters, which she says allowed her to be herself and inspired her to advocate for LGBTQ equality and inclusion. Ouellette also discusses how …

Athlete Activism and the Fight for Equality: Part II – interview with Super Bowl champion Ryan Mundy

July 24th, 2018


Former NFL safety turned tech investor Ryan Mundy speaks about his first experience with racism, empowering student-athletes to advocate for equality and how he transitioned to life after football. He also shares what …

Athlete Activism and the Fight for Equality: Part I - panel moderated by Jemele Hill

July 18th, 2018


Part I of Athlete Activism and the Fight for Equality, an event by RISE and Athlete Ally featuring a panel moderated by The Undefeated’s Jemele Hill …

Interview with Taylor Peay, Real Salt Lake

June 28th, 2018


Taylor Peay of Real Salt Lake discusses the importance of teaching student-athletes about diversity and inclusion and having them explore the labels they use to describe their identities. Through his team, Peay recently …

Interview with Francis Atuahene, FC Dallas

June 25th, 2018


FC Dallas forward Francis Atuahene shares his journey from growing up in Ghana to playing professional soccer in the United States. He also talks about the importance of Major League Soccer’s Soccer For All Month and …

Interview with Doug Glanville, retired MLB player, author, baseball analyst and professor

May 9th, 2018


Nine-year MLB veteran Doug Glanville taught a course called Communication, Sports and Social Justice at the Annenberg School for Communication at the …

Interview with Galen Duncan, VP, Kings Academy & professional development, Sacramento Kings

April 18th, 2018


Galen Duncan, vice president of Kings Academy & professional development for the Sacramento Kings, shares an inside look at how Kings players and management reacted to the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark and how the …

Interview with Takeo Spikes, retired 15-year NFL veteran

April 5th, 2018


Retired 15-year NFL veteran Takeo Spikes joined The RISE Podcast to discuss his participation in the RISE Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Alabama and the Advocacy in Sports Workshop hosted by RISE, the NFL and Morehouse …

Interview with Melanie Oudin, retired professional tennis player

April 4th, 2018


Retired professional tennis player and Grand Slam Champion Melanie Oudin joined The RISE Podcast to discuss the differences in athlete activism for those playing individual sports vs. team sports. Oudin also discussed …

Interview with Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo Bills

February 3rd, 2018


Lorenzo Alexander of the Buffalo Bills spoke with Ian Cutler on the RISE Podcast – A Super Bowl Special. Alexander discussed the work he and the Bills have done in the community with youth, law enforcement and other …

Interview with Josh McCown, New York Jets

February 3rd, 2018


Josh McCown of the New York Jets spoke with Ian Cutler on the RISE Podcast – A Super Bowl Special. McCown discussed leadership on the field and in the community, as well as his work on the “Let’s Listen Together” …

Interview with Isaac Bruce, retired NFL wide receiver

February 3rd, 2018


Retired NFL wide receiver Isaac Bruce spoke with Ian Cutler on the RISE Podcast – A Super Bowl Special. Bruce offered advice for younger players looking to make a difference in their communities.

Interview with Seth DeValve, Cleveland Browns

February 2nd, 2018


Seth DeValve of the Cleveland Browns spoke with Ian Cutler on the RISE Podcast – A Super Bowl Special. DeValve discussed the importance of awareness related to social justice issues.

Interview with Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints

February 2nd, 2018


Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints spoke with Ian Cutler on the RISE Podcast – A Super Bowl Special. Jordan discussed athletes using their …

Interview with Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown

February 2nd, 2018


Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown spoke with Ian Cutler for the RISE Podcast – A Super Bowl Special. Brown spoke about the importance of role …

Interview with Jocelyn Benson, RISE CEO

February 2nd, 2018


Jocelyn Benson, CEO of RISE, spoke with Ian Cutler for the RISE Podcast – A Super Bowl Special. Benson spoke about RISE’s work over the past year, its programs and events during Super Bowl week, the report on athlete …

Interview with Eric Winston, Cincinnati Bengals

February 1st, 2018


Eric Winston of the Cincinnati Bengals spoke with Ian Cutler on the RISE Podcast – A Super Bowl Special. Winston discussed NFL players together being a force for good in our country.

Interview with Scott Pioli, assistant general manager, Atlanta Falcons

February 1st, 2018


Scott Pioli, assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons and a RISE Board of Directors member, spoke with Ian Cutler on the RISE Podcast – A …

Interview with Brandon Copeland, Detroit Lions

February 1st, 2018


Brandon Copeland of the Detroit Lions spoke with Ian Cutler on the RISE Podcast – A Super Bowl Special. Copeland talked about giving back to his community and instilling that value in others.

Welcome to the RISE Podcast - A Super Bowl Special

January 25th, 2018


Welcome to The RISE Podcast - A Super Bowl Special, a platform for athletes to tell their stories and share their perspectives on how sports can be used to promote equality and improve race relations. We’ll be coming to …

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