Posted July 13, 2023 in Press Releases

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Programming hosted by Velocity, presented by KeyBank and First Energy will lead up to 2024 NCAA Women's Final Four

CLEVELAND Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced the return of the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit presented by KeyBank and FirstEnergy to be held as a series of community events throughout 2023-24 leading up to Cleveland’s hosting of the 2024 NCAA Women’s Final Four. As in previous years, programming celebrates themes of diversity, equity and inclusion by demonstrating the power of sport as a catalyst for positive change.

The goal of the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit series 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 series will feature local and national organizations addressing topics related to adaptive sports, mental health, LGBTQIA+ athlete advocacy, racial equity, gender equity, and more.

“We’re pleased to announce the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit will return from summer 2023 to spring 2024 in conjunction with 2024 NCAA Women’s Final Four,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “This year, we’re bringing programming directly to residents to engage athletes, coaches, educators, parents and professionals where they are. The Summit has gained great momentum the past few years, and we’re looking forward to extending its impact and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in sports through engaging conversations and programs with exceptional community partners.”

A schedule of events with details for several free, interactive and educational programs designed for youth, athletes, parents, coaches, educators and professionals is forthcoming and will be available at

In addition to the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit, the NCAA will host social impact programs and community events around Women’s Final Four to promote inclusion and support youth, families and communities in the greater Cleveland area. Available information can be found at

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 — including the 2019 MLB All-Star Week, 2021 NFL Draft, NBA All-Star 2022 and 2024 NCAA DI Women’s Final Four.

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About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting over 210 sporting events which provide more than $860 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

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