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    October 05, 2021
    The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Pruitt Center for Mindfulness & Well-Being will continue its fall speaker series on Tuesday, October 19, at 4:30 p.m. with George Mumford, the former mindfulness coach to the championship-winning Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, presenting “Mindfulness and Performance.”

    In this free, interactive community event, Mumford will focus on how individuals can improve concentration and performance – both in athletics as well as in life – through mindfulness.

    Mumford is a globally recognized speaker, teacher and coach. Since 1989, he’s been honing his gentle, but groundbreaking mindfulness techniques with people from all walks of life.

    A member of the basketball team at the University of Massachusetts, where he roomed with future Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving, until injuries forced Mumford out of the game and eventually into an addiction to pain medication and drugs. With the help of meditation and mindfulness, he got clean and made it his mission to teach and work with others.

    Michael Jordan credits Mumford with transforming his on-court leadership, helping the Bulls to six NBA championships. Mumford also worked with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and countless other NBA players, Olympians, executives and artists.

    Mumford’s book “The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance” is both memoir and instruction guide. He believes everyone has a masterpiece within, which he can show you how to access.

    Registration, which is open until 6 p.m. Monday, October 18, is available at uwsuper.edu/pruittfall21. This special event has the option of attending in person on the UW-Superior campus in the Yellowjacket Union or online via Zoom.

    The virtual speaker series will conclude with best-selling author and TED speaker Kelly McGonigal presenting, “The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage” on Tuesday, November 16, at 4:30 p.m.

    The speaker series is a partnership between UW-Superior’s Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being and the Center for Continuing Education. Funding provided by the Miller-Dwan Foundation.

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