Student News

Mindfulness for Athletes

Sam Bicknell – January 7, 2018

Sunday night after sitdown Greg Graber will be joining us to speak about Mindfulness for Athletes. The Head of a Middle School in Memphis, TN, he has extensive experience as a teacher of mindfulness in schools as well as mindfulness for professional, college and high school athletes. He will share some of his background and lead us in some exercises that are particularly useful for athletes. His focus will be on breathing techniques for elite performance and he will also share some easy meditations and the practice of visualization. I encourage any of you who are interested in learning more to join us tonight.

Any and all are invited to attend. These breathing exercises and meditations can be incredibly useful outside of sports as well!

I hope you’ll consider joining me in the Garonzik tonight at 6:45pm to welcome Greg to campus and to learn a little bit more about the benefits of mindfulness. Greg will be around all day on Monday as well so if you’d like to speak with him then in a smaller setting, feel free to reach out to me. For more information on Greg, please read his bio below.

Have a great rest of the weekend. Best,
Mr. Bicknell

Greg Graber, a long-time educator, teaches mindfulness & meditation to students, teams, schools, organizations, and groups around the world. His client list includes the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, the University of Memphis, Louisiana State University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been featured in the New York Times and on ESPN, and has lectured at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Graber, the Head of Middle School at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN., developed the Unplugged Mindfulness Program for his students & teachers, and he consults with other schools on developing similar mindfulness programs at their institutions.

Graber, who holds a master’s degree in education also has advanced training in mindfulness studies from Mindful Schools, Harvard Graduate School of Education, UCLA, and the nation’s first graduate studies program in mindfulness at Lesley University. In addition, he has taught a mindfulness class at Rhodes College and has previously served on the ISM (Independent School Management) summer faculty.

Greg has presented extensively on mindfulness education at various conferences around the world including: the National Association of Independent Schools annual conference, the National Council of English Teachers, the Graded School of Sao, Paulo Brazil, the Lausanne Learning Institute, the Confucius Institute, Iowa 1 to 1 Tech conference, and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

Mr. Graber is married with two big, beloved dogs. He is an avid runner, who has completed races at various distances, including an ultra-marathon and a 922 day run streak. In his spare time, he volunteers by teaching a bi-monthly mindfulness and meditation course at Church Health Memphis.