George Mumford in Tucson – Wed, April 8

April 1, 2015 |
George Mumford

George Mumford

UA’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry is bringing George Mumford – sports psychologist with Phil Jackson and meditation teacher/coach renowned for enhancing individual and team performance though mindfulness meditation – to Tucson to deliver several free public lectures on Wednesday, April 8.

At 3 p.m., Mumford speaks on the theme “Learning to Play, Playing to Learn” at El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W. Irvington Rd. This free talk, geared toward youth but applicable to all, focuses on simple and powerful methods to achieve your aspirations.

At 7 p.m., Mumford presents “Pursuing Excellence with Grace and Ease” at UA’s Gallagher Theater, 1303 E. University Blvd. The free presentation is centered on how to utilize mindfulness meditation as a key to success.

As an athletic trainer, mentor for at-risk youth and motivational speaker, Mumford urges his diverse clients and audiences to practice meditation as a means of developing concentration, focus and mental toughness. Mumford is best known for working with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers during their championship seasons in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Mumford’s proven techniques can transform the performance of anyone with a goal – be they an athlete, student, academic, executive, musician, hacker or artist. Mumford shares his story and strategies in his Tucson talks, topics being covered in his forthcoming book “The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance,” set for release by Parallax Press this May.

By hosting George Mumford, Confluencenter continues its mission to sponsor engaging and free programming that examines humanity’s grand challenges.

“The eclectic nature of Mumford’s talks, which include elements of cognitive science, sports medicine and Eastern philosophy, represents the innovative and interdisciplinary work in which Confluencenter invests,” explains Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry Director Dr. Javier Duran. “We are excited to bring Mr. Mumford to Tucson to speak to both the UA and broader Tucson communities.”

Mumford’s community presentation at El Pueblo Community Center is possible through in-kind support from Ward I Councilor Regina Romero’s office. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is also offering his support by being a part of the El Pueblo Community Center talk. Call 621-4587 or visit for more information.

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