Recognizing the ever changing environment for today’s youth due to global political events, Westchester County Executive George Latimer is reaffirming his dedication to fostering inclusivity in sports by collaborating with school districts, athletic departments and parks employees. As part of this commitment, Latimer is pleased to announce an event in partnership with RISE, a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding, respect and equality through sports.

The event, titled "Identity & Perspective Taking: Uniting Youth to Break Barriers, Build Trust, and Create Pathways for Positive Communication," was a virtual session designed to empower young athletes and coaches in Westchester County. Hosted in collaboration with Section 1 Athletics, the session invited boys and girls basketball players and coaches to engage in meaningful discussions and activities aimed at promoting inclusivity and understanding.

Through this initiative, Latimer underscores the importance of creating safe and welcoming environments for all participants in sports, regardless of their backgrounds or identities. By partnering with RISE, a renowned organization with extensive experience in promoting diversity and inclusion in sports, Westchester County aims to equip its youth with the tools and mindset necessary to foster positive change in their communities.

Latimer said: “Sports have the power to unite people from all walks of life, but it's essential that we actively work to ensure that everyone feels welcome and respected. In today’s charged climate, it is vital that we are taking meaningful steps toward building a more equitable and compassionate sporting community in Westchester County.”

The event featured interactive discussions, activities and insights from RISE facilitators, providing participants with valuable perspectives and strategies for promoting inclusivity within their teams and communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from one another, share their experiences and develop actionable plans for creating positive change in the world of sports.