‘Power of Sports’ Summit focuses on inclusivity, diversity and acceptance in sports

Sports leaders and the public gathered to improve race relations, gender inequities, and cultural division in sports and community

On day one of the NFL Draft, a summit held at Progressive Field brought together the public and leaders in the sports world to explore new ideas and embrace differences — all in an effort to bring about positive change through unifying power of sports.

Thursday’s “Power of Sports” Summit covered five main categories including, racial equity, gender equity, sport for all, LGBTQIA advocacy and mental health, with a mission to normalize inclusivity.

“We are using this platform to talk about how sports has an influence over community. It’s important to talk about this, especially over the last year, there’s been so much inequality in this country, and especially now, we feel like this is a very important topic,” says Rachael Stentz-Baugher of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

Stentz-Baugher says activism and social justice often begin in sports, with the athletes so many admire.

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