Posted December 07, 2021 in Press Releases

Free public event held in conjunction with NBA All-Star 2022 will celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion in sports

CLEVELAND Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit presented by KeyBank and FirstEnergy will be held Feb. 18–20, 2022 at Cleveland Metropolitan Conference Center. This free, public event will celebrate themes of diversity, equity and inclusion by demonstrating the power of sport as a catalyst for positive change. The three-day event will be held alongside NBA All-Star 2022.

The goal of the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit is to allow attendees to explore new ideas, embrace differences and enact positive change in the communities they represent.

To achieve these goals, the Summit will feature local and national organizations addressing topics related to adaptive sports, gender equity, LGBTQIA+ athletes, mental health, racial equity and more.

“We are thrilled to announce the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit will return in 2022 in conjunction with NBA All-Star,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “Our goal is to capitalize on the success of last year’s event, and we feel the NBA has an incredible platform to help extend the impact of the Summit given its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Our organization has always viewed sports as a vehicle to enact change and advance important social issues in our community, and we look forward to creating more meaningful discussion and programs that showcase the power of sport for years to come.”

The Summit will feature three learning zones: Learning Lab presented by Cleveland Clinic, Inspiration Station presented by Cleveland Cavaliers and Searching for Solutions presented by Union Home Mortgage.

  • Learning Lab will feature interactive exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities to encourage attendees to use their senses to have impactful experiences and view the world in a new way.
  • Inspiration Station will host keynote speakers, live performances, film screenings and panel discussions designed to help attendees celebrate and embrace differences.
  • Searching for Solutions will offer community engagement opportunities and educational resources provided by local organizations specializing in the DE&I space for attendees to gain new perspectives, reflect on the current state of their communities and commit to enacting change.

While the event is free and open to the public, registration is required and available online.

This event will be held at Cleveland Metropolitan Conference Center on Friday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 20 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. A schedule of events is forthcoming and will be available at clesportsummit.org.

The health & safety of our attendees is the utmost priority. Comprehensive COVID-19 protocols will be in place throughout the event. The planning team and partners are in close communication with local health officials and continue to be flexible and respond to changes that may be necessitated.

The Summit is hosted by Velocity, a community-wide initiative of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to support and maximize the community impact of hosting some of the most significant events in sports.

Cleveland is host of the 2019 MLB All-Star Week, 2021 NFL Draft, NBA All-Star 2022 and 2024 NCAA DI Women’s Final Four. Community events provide opportunities to extend each event’s footprint in Northeast Ohio. These programs will highlight important social issues such as diversity and inclusion and provide opportunities to underserved populations. More information about Velocity can be found at velocitycle.org.

In addition to the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit, the NBA will host dozens of social impact programs and events around NBA All-Star to promote inclusion and support youth, families and communities in the greater Cleveland area. Details around the NBA’s efforts will be announced at a later date.

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About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting over 200 sporting events which provide more than $780 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC serves to measurably improve the economy of Greater Cleveland and enrich the community by attracting, creating, managing and enhancing significant sporting and competitive events. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.

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