Mindfulness in Sports
Taking it to the Next Level for a New Generation of Athletes
Presented by George Mumford
Acclaimed sports psychology expert George Mumford helped Phil Jackson win 11 NBA Championships! George’s passion is teaching mindfulness to high profile sports, business, and academic teams alike; from the LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks to senior global executives. He has worked with stars like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, and is the author of The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance.
Getting Unstuck - Living with Purpose
Joining George will be Flint Native, Travis Thomas. Travis is the Founder of Live, Yes And, an organization that works with Fortune 500 companies, students of all ages, and a list of collegiate and professional athletes. As a guest speaker, Travis uses his experience as an improviser and life coach to engage any audience with inspiring, comedic, and interactive presentations.
Meet The Speakers
George Mumford, Mindfulness and Performance Expert
Author of The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance, George Mumford is best known for his work with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, leading to 11 championships during his work with the Bulls and the Lakers.
Mumford’s deeply moving personal story is unforgettable. An aspiring basketball player at the University of Massachusetts (where he roomed with Dr. J, Julius Erving), injuries forced Mumford out of the game he loved. The medications that relieved the pain of his injuries also numbed him to the emptiness he felt without the game and eventually led him to heroin.
After years of making meditation on and off the cushion the center of his life and getting clean, Mumford enrolled in Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and collaborated with him to create the Inner-city Stress Reduction Clinic in the early nineties.
When Michael Jordan left the Chicago Bulls to play baseball in 1993, the team was in crisis. Coach Phil Jackson, a long-time mindfulness practitioner, contacted Dr. Kabat-Zinn to nd someone who could teach mindfulness techniques to the struggling team—someone who would have credibility and could speak the language of his players. Kabat-Zinn led Jackson to Mumford and their partnership began.
Mumford has worked with Jackson and many of the teams he coached to become NBA champions. His roster of champion clients has since blossomed far beyond basketball to include corporate executives, Olympians, and athletes in many different sports.
George brings potent mindfulness insights and inspirations to a world of current and emerging leaders, in and across the sports, business and academic worlds. Learn more about George in this Mindful Magazine Article.
Travis Thomas, Founder of Live, Yes And
Travis Thomas is the Founder of Live, Yes And, sharing his interactive and inspiring message of purpose, authenticity, and collaboration to audiences and companies across the US.
For over 18 years, Travis has performed as an improvisational comedian and performance training specialist. His coaching practice combines the principles of improvisation and personal performance to help individuals and organizations live with more purpose, authenticity, and collaboration.
For 2 1/2 years Travis served as a Leadership Specialist at IMG Academy in Florida working with elite athletes from around the world, such as the United States U17 National Soccer Team and the NFL and NBA Combine prospects. Travis’ corporate resume includes PepsiCo, Under Armor, Gatorade, Cintas, the NY Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and the University of Georgia football.
Travis hosts The Weekly Yes, And Podcast and is the author of, “3 Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes, And!” Travis lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife and three kids and continues to perform on stage and train athletes.
CRIM SPORTS & PROGRAM PARTNERS