George Mumford worked as a sports psychologist with many NBA championship teams, including the Bulls and Lakers. His roster of champion clients has since blossomed way beyond basketball to include corporate executives, Olympians, and college athletes.

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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, needed a sports psychologist who could teach mindfulness techniques to the struggling team— someone who would have credibility and could speak the language of his players. His pursuit led him to George Mumford, and a several decades partnership began.

Since then, George has gone on to work as a sports psychologist with many NBA championship teams, including the Bulls and Lakers. His roster of champion clients has since blossomed way beyond basketball to include corporate executives, Olympians, and college athletes in many different sports. However, his story wasn’t always so positive. A basketball player at the University of Massachusetts (where he roomed with Dr. J, Julius Erving), injuries forced George 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 this cycle eventually led him to drugs.

In his CreativeMornings talk on Collaboration, George will share the lessons he learned from a lifetime of competition, both on the court and within himself.

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