CLEVELAND — While the Cleveland Cavaliers haven't been participating in the NBA's restart, that hasn't stopped the franchise remaining visible.
On Wednesday, the Cavs announced that they will join with eight other NBA and WNBA teams to take part in a virtual summit on social injustice called "Team Up For Change," which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Other teams taking part in the third annual summit include the Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Indiana Pacers and Fever and Dallas Mavericks and Wings.
According to a release, the live stream event will "feature speakers and panel discussions, with programming focused on police accountability, brutality, criminal justice reform, economic empowerment, diversity and inclusion and civic engagement." The sessions will also offer "insight into social justice reform," as well as "strategies to combat systemic racism and showcase voices leading change around the country."
“We continually seek to unite, inspire and activate, not only in Northeast Ohio, but nationally as well. The opportunity to ‘team up’ and collaborate with other NBA and WNBA teams is welcomed and also provides another platform for our community to engage in critical social justice conversations and education,” said Len Komoroski, CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. “This topic is bigger than basketball and efforts such as this are vital to making progress and creating sustainable improvements.”
After the event, each of the participating teams will host activation events for youth in their local markets from Oct 22-28. The Cavs' efforts will focus on voting, economic empowerment, law enforcement and education during their local engagement opportunities.