Stephen Ross commits another $13 million to combat racism

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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who founded the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), has made an additional long-term funding commitment to combat systemic racism.

He will donate $13 million over four years, bringing his total commitment to $30 million since establishing RISE in 2015.

RISE as empowered more than 110 sports partners and 12,000 students, athletes, coaches and staff at all levels with the tools to be leaders in eliminating racial discrimination, championing social justice and improving race relations.

“Growing up in Detroit, I saw firsthand what racism did to tear apart our community, destroy lives and further inequality. I started RISE based on the belief that our nation must address the scourge of racism directly to achieve true unity,” Ross said. “Now more than ever, our mission and the need for this work is clear.”

12 responses to “Stephen Ross commits another $13 million to combat racism

  1. That’s ALOT of money. It would be great if what it was, or will be, spent on is TRANSPARENT to the public. How will this money help…and who?

  2. Nice, but a total waste of money. The United States must become competitive like we used to be. We used to be proud to have the number one public education system in the world, and then some politicians, who figured they’d have more success at the polls with uneducated voters, decided to make public education an enemy. Now we’re paying the piper. We need to educate our people, and then it will take a couple generations to begin to end systematic racism. Nothing is changing overnight. It isn’t the white people’s fault. We’ve been brought up in the same system. We were born into it, and its all we’ve ever known. Don’t let politicians convince you that your kids are better off uneducated and on welfare (and I’m talking about white kids). So we’re not attacking the problem. It’s like we went to see the doctor for a broken leg, and he’s working on our arm. Don’t be shocked when the broken leg doesn’t heal. If you see a politician trying to cut education funding, you’re looking at pure evil.

  3. All these people speaking out, Don’t want your money, no matter how many millions, they (we) want EQUALITY.

  4. i don’t think Ross gets enough credit as one of the most culturally accepting white men associated with the NFL

    he began the RISE initiative before Kaepernick knelt or anyone was really talking about social inequality, and he consistently hires coaches and front office executives of all races and ethnicities.

    you seem like a good dude Stephen, keep influencing change

  5. So a practical use would be to bridge the digital divide. Many underprivileged grade and high school kids are assigned online and virtual homework and have horrible home internet if any at all. So many poor children have to go to a library or worse a fast food restaurant to get wifi to do their school work. Instead of cultural messaging and awareness let’s help the less fortunate get on a competitive ground floor.

  6. You can’t carry a team mate who doesn’t study the playbook or workout. He gets cut. For the most part Americans have two choices. Job or prison. It may sound abrasive but it’s reality.

  7. Seems like a lot of money given out for racism exactly where is this money going. Ross has been giving for a lot of time and exactly what has it accomplished. We continue to use the word racism, equality, justice. Reality is poor is poor no matter what race you are. Poor will always be in a bad place no matter what color your skin is, Changing name brands, names of groups, destroying businesses and looting does not help one thing. The mops on the street witnessed by video’s of the non caring of life does not help America see anything but someone promoting violence. Lately a new bandwagon will need to be built.

  8. charliecharger says:
    June 26, 2020 at 7:01 pm
    Nice, but a total waste of money. The United States must become competitive like we used to be. We used to be proud to have the number one public education system in the world, and then some politicians, who figured they’d have more success at the polls with uneducated voters, decided to make public education an enemy. Now we’re paying the piper. We need to educate our people, and then it will take a couple generations to begin to end systematic racism. Nothing is changing overnight. It isn’t the white people’s fault. We’ve been brought up in the same system. We were born into it, and its all we’ve ever known. Don’t let politicians convince you that your kids are better off uneducated and on welfare (and I’m talking about white kids). So we’re not attacking the problem. It’s like we went to see the doctor for a broken leg, and he’s working on our arm. Don’t be shocked when the broken leg doesn’t heal. If you see a politician trying to cut education funding, you’re looking at pure evil.

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    Well said, Charlie. I never had kids of my own but I voted in favor of school funding every time and will continue to do so. I may not be the smartest vegetable in the garden but I’m smart enough to know that your kids getting a better education will make my life better.

  9. Education is all important but it’s not all about spending. There has to be a support system in place at home to set goals and make sure learning is a priority. You may be able to buy a diploma but you can’t buy an education. Throwing money at the problem is not the solution. We spend plenty of money and despite that our education system is not working compared to many other countries dollar for dollar.

  10. Throwing money at a problem…hmmm. If people really want change, it starts with looking in the mirror. BE THE CHANGE, or else you’re just showing off that you’ve got money to throw around. This country will not change until EVERYONE starts being honest with themselves.

  11. Terrystown….I think Ross is a shining example of being the change. His football organization has two capable African American men in the top positions on the team…head coach and general manager. Now he’s donated to the cause and put his money where his heart is. Go hang out with Stills.

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