Diversity Thought Leadership Series

If you missed The Forum of Football: Browns Alumni's Platform for Social Equality, click the button below to watch the live stream.



Former Cleveland Browns Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins team up to discuss how they continue to use their voices to raise awareness for important social justice topics.

Through the KeyBank Diversity Thought Leadership Series, The City Club of Cleveland will host a virtual panel discussion between Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins: The Forum of Football: Browns Alumni’s Platform for Social Equality. Join us for the virtual event and get inspired by the conversation covering the players’ careers and the ways in which they amplify social justice messages.

As part of Velocity’s community programming, this annual speaker series will be hosted by the historic City Club of Cleveland, featuring pioneers in sports to discuss topics such as athlete activism, social justice, women in sports, LGBTQ+ and minorities in professional sports.

This year’s speakers, 2014-2016 Cleveland Browns teammates and fan-favorites Hawkins and Thomas, were superstars on the field, and have continued staying extra busy off the field. Co-hosts of the popular “The ThomaHawk Show” podcast in addition to their current roles with NFL Media, the duo use their platforms to bring attention to the importance of fostering social equality and opportunities in sports, education and throughout the entire community.


  • Joe Thomas, former Cleveland Browns left tackle; 10-time Pro Bowl selection; NFL analyst
  • Andrew Hawkins, former Cleveland Browns wide receiver; NFL analyst; Director of Business Development for The SpringHill Company
  • Moderator: Dan Multhrop, CEO, City Club of Cleveland


The City Club of Cleveland's livestream will be available for free beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794

Velocity is 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. In addition to the 2019 MLB All-Star Week, Cleveland will host the 2021 NFL Draft, 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend and 2024 NCAA DI Women’s Final Four.



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