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George Mumford

Mindfulness and performance expert, sports psychologist

George Mumford, known as the Mindfulness Performance Whisperer, is a sought-after leading expert in sports psychology and performance. George is the author of The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance and board member emeritus of Ivy Child International, a nonprofit devoted to universal mindfulness education. Called Phil Jackson’s “secret weapon” for winning eight NBA Championships for the Chicago Bulls, George’s passion is teaching mindfulness to high-profile sports, business, and academic teams alike.

George’s personal story began when, as an aspiring basketball player at the University of Massachusetts, injuries forced him out of the sport he loved. The medications that relieved the pain of his injuries numbed him to the emptiness he felt without the game and eventually led him to heroin. After years of making meditation the center of his life and getting clean, George 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.

George has also worked with the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks, Olympians in many sports, and senior global business executives. He has been featured on ABC News, Huffington Post, NPR’s On Point, in Mindful magazine, in the Boston Globe, and more.