Ben Simmons joins RISE to help Brooklyn youth combat racism through sports

Ben Simmons is all-in in Brooklyn. Last week, it was revealed he is moving into a Brooklyn condo near Manhattan Bridge and on Tuesday, there was news that he has partnered with RISE, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to eliminating racism through sport, to provide underserved youth in Brooklyn with “the tools to address issues of racism, prejudice and inclusivity within their communities.”

The eight-week leadership program tipped-off on Saturday, September 24 at the HSS Training Center, meeting with Simmons. Teens from Good Shepherd Services — which itself helps over 30,000 youth and family members in struggling neighborhoods throughout New York — are participating in the first phase of the program. They’ll meet each Saturday through November 12.

As part of the program, “participants will be challenged to work together as teams to develop creative projects that address key issues of inequality and injustice facing their communities,” according to a release from the Manhattan-based group. After eight weeks, each group will present their creative projects to Simmons, other athletes and social justice experts to discuss how they can implement their ideas to inspire real change.

“I’m excited to partner with RISE, we have the same belief that sport has the power to unite people from all different backgrounds and drive positive change,” said Simmons. “To be able to connect with youth in Brooklyn and create opportunities for future leaders in the community is important to me.”

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