4 episodes

With two new episodes each month, 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 race, social justice and diversity, equity & inclusion 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 advance racial equity and social justice.

Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

With two new episodes each month, 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 race, social justice and diversity, equity & inclusion 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 advance racial equity and social justice.

    Black History Month Part Two: Antoine Wesley, Dakoda Martin & Picasso Nelson Jr.

    Black History Month Part Two: Antoine Wesley, Dakoda Martin & Picasso Nelson Jr.

    We were thrilled to welcome an array of outstanding guests on the Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast during the Super Bowl, and to honor Black History Month, we are excited to present a two-part series. In this second part, we had the honor of engaging with former player Picasso Nelson Jr., Antoine Wesley of the Cardinals, and Dakoda Martin of the Saints. Each interview was impactful, bringing a unique perspective and inspiring insights. Our discussions ranged from strategies for building success to the importance of community and allyship, and why representation matters. Our aim was to celebrate African Americans and allies who are making a significant impact in our communities and shine a light on their inspiring stories.

    • 41 min
    Black History Month Part One: Joe Briggs, Sheldon Day, Ryan Mundy & Paul Tagliabue

    Black History Month Part One: Joe Briggs, Sheldon Day, Ryan Mundy & Paul Tagliabue

    While the Chiefs and the Eagles were making history on the field, we had the opportunity to connect with leading figures in the NFL community to discuss how they are making history off the field.

    In the first part of a two-part series, we sat down with former NFLPA Lawyer, Joe Briggs, to discuss the impact the NFLPA has on all aspects of player development and his thoughts on how we can move forward. Next, we interviewed former NFL commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, and former player turned entrepreneur, Ryan Munday, to discuss the importance of community building, mental health, and strong leadership. Lastly, we engaged with Sheldon Day of the Minnesota Vikings and discussed how he is doing his part to support athletes and his community.

    At RISE, we believe there is no better way to celebrate Black History Month than by highlighting leaders who are creating history now and changing the narratives of their communities.

    • 41 min
    Honoring MLK's Legacy with Shaun Mayo and Jesse Luketa

    Honoring MLK's Legacy with Shaun Mayo and Jesse Luketa

    On MLK Day, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on civil rights. Please tune in to the Champions of Change podcast where we explore how to carry on his work through sports and the sports community. With guests Jesse Luketa, outside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals and Shaun Mayo, the Chief People Officer for the Arizona Cardinals, we delve into athlete activism, promoting safe spaces for dialogue, and fostering community. Get a unique perspective on how civil rights and sports intersect and discover how each of us can make a meaningful impact on society.

    • 20 min
    Hispanic Heritage Month with Jhoancy Zapata, Z-Axis Sports

    Hispanic Heritage Month with Jhoancy Zapata, Z-Axis Sports

    Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15, highlighting the many contributions made by those with Hispanic heritage. During this month, many Latin American countries also celebrate their independence. The month is marked by the celebration of history, culture and contributions of generations of Hispanic and Latinx people that have shaped and influenced society. In this conversation, RISE's Scarlen Martinez speaks with Jhoancy Zapata, a Latina who co-owns Z-Axis Sports Management, a boutique marketing and sports agency representing clients across multiple sports.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Sandra Cross ,

Leading Inclusively

Features timely, contemporary and insightful content from inclusive leaders.

Harold7890 ,

Superb podcast!

I recently came across the Champions of Change podcast and I immediately got hooked. Ian provides unique insight on the industry and does an incredible job with his guests to communicate complex ideas about sports, equality, race and social justice. It is a truly one of a kind podcast that expertly bridges the worlds of sports and society. Thank you RISE!!!!

emcc802 ,

Excellent, interesting, timely!

I just discovered the RISE Podcast and have been consistently impressed by it. It offeres a rare chance to hear the athlete's take - in their own words- of what's happening in the world. Especially given the recent controversy in the NFL, hearing athletes address the interesection of sports and social issues feels particularly relevant.

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