"Rise Up" (ESPN TV show) is a reality series that will be telling the story of four communities coming together to renovate their local high school's athletic facilities. The inspirational series will showcase renovation projects from start to finish and will also focus on giving students advice, training, and tools that they can use to become better athletes.

The series will be hosted by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman and mechanical engineer and television personality Deanne Bell. Country super star Kenny Chesney co-wrote and will record the theme song for the series.

The schools and communities highlighted in the series are Wellston High School in Wellston, Ohio; The Dorchester Education Complex in Boston, Massachusetts; Ingraham High School in Seattle, Washington; and Walter H. Dyett High School in Chicago, Illinois.

Inspired by ESPN Rise's mission to engage and elevate high school athletes through recognition, resources, information, and inspiration, the series chronicles the renovation of a different school each week. Each episode will follow as community members come together to refurbish the one thing that ties them all together - the local high school athletic program. "Rise Up" will spend time with the students and coaches in each community, uncovering the challenges facing high school athletes today, and working with professional athletes, coaches, and trainers to help motivate and inspire them to reach even greater goals.

In September 2010, ESPN aired a one-hour special, "Rise Up: New Orleans" in which McMain Secondary High School in New Orleans was renovated over the school's summer break so that the new facilities would be ready for the first day of school. The special served as a pilot.

"Rise Up" is produced by ESPN Content Development and Asylum Entertainment. St. Martin Brown, the design and architectural firm who championed the initial Rise Up project in New Orleans, has extended their efforts and will continue their participation as the Rise Up initiative continues nationwide.

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Network: ESPN
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: September 13, 2011
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
ESPN Content Development
Asylum Entertainment

'Rise Up': ESPN Seeks to Inspire — Premiering Tuesday, September 13, the four-part series will chronicle four communities coming together to renovate their high school's athletic facilities. Read more...

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