I Got Mind Sports

I Got Mind Sports
Programs for Athletes, Coaches and Parents
"Sports do not build character, They reveal it."

Bob's experience as an athlete

Bob grew up in Calgary with the dream of becoming an NHL hockey player. Through his journey he faced great adversity as do all individuals who pursue their dreams with passion.

Bullying, extreme power differentials, unrealistic expectations, being traded, the trauma of a team bus accident. It was his inability to deal with these challenges that began to alter his behaviour. All of these experiences led to anxiety attacks, depression, and addiction.

Thousands of athletes encounter these types of issues and will continue to. Bob created I Got Mind to facilitate social and emotional learning for athletes, coaches and parents. Our education programs are based upon experience, brain science, and recurring human behaviour issues.

Every problem can be solved. I Got Mind is here to help you find the solutions you need to increase awareness, eliminate ignorance, build resilience, and increase performance. High level sport performance only happens when we are mentally well.

Why you should consider I Got Mind

Developing athletes from the inside out –

The experience of the team here at IGM is extensive. We have been a part of many teams for many years. Our passion is to provide insight and education that will allow for the true benefit of sport to be experienced. Working with athletes, coaches, and parents allows all parties to learn how to be better for each other, and for themselves.

What we have found –

Some of the major issues of individuals within teams are:
Entitlement, lack of personal awareness, poor leadership, hidden agendas, ego and perspective. When teams are focused and accountable it cultivates success. We educate the athletes on key components of a successful culture so that it may become ingrained in the value systems which they will carry for the rest of their lives.

Customized to meet your needs

Social and Emotional Learning Programs

Our team at IGM has lifetimes of experience, knowledge, and education to share with you. This entire platform and its content has been developed to address the needs of all members within organizations. At I Got Mind, we are solution focused. Our content is developed in part with feedback we receive about common issues within organizations. Before we begin, we will meet with you to gain an understanding of your organization’s specific needs and will customize your program accordingly.

The Process

Once we have met and agreed on the content, delivery schedule and completed the service agreement, it’s now time to start your organization’s journey! We will hold a kick-off meeting to introduce our team to yours. We will show them how to sign up on the website and create their individual learning profile to access the content. Each week the group will be assigned a lesson to complete, then we meet for a facilitated conversation. This will be the process for each lesson in the course.

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Programs to help athletes, coaches, and parents deal with the effects of Covid

COVID 19 has given all of us opportunity. We are more stressed, anxious, and we struggle with motivation due to isolation and the loss of our regular way of life. However, we have learned that crisis creates opportunity and have developed effective new courses to support athletes, coaches, and parents. Our programs educate participants in finding new ways of being productive, motivated, and implementing self-care strategies. Each individual must take responsibility for their well-being, when we do, everyone involved will be a benefactor.
New Programs

Issues on the rise and why sport is so important for our brains

Understanding Stress (most popular mental health course)

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Dean Sawatzky - Former Athletic Director

30 Year Educator, Coach, Mentor, Leader

Dean has worn many hats in the education system. He has been an Athletic Director, Coach, Teacher, Organizer, Program Developer and more. His coaching experience includes working with student-athletes in a variety of sports spanning over 30 years. Dean has mentored coaches as a part of his role as an Athletic Director. Dean's insights are valuable and relatable.

Shawn O'Grady - IGM Mental health Clinician MSW, RSW

Director of the Pre-Adolescent Treatment Program at Hull Family Services

Shawn has his Masters in social work and leads a team of individuals that rehabilitate youth who have experienced severe trauma. He is trained in the Neurosequential Model of Trauma by Dr. Bruce Perry. Shawn is passionate about teaching athletes and coaches about what happens to our brains while in competition. This is valuable as the model provides a visual for the athletes, coaches and parents. We think in pictures! Shawn is the parent of two young athletes.

Cory Clouston - Former NHL Head Coach

Professional Coach

Cory has been coaching for over 25 years reaching his goal of the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. His accolades include back-to-back gold medals with Hockey Canada, multiple WHL Coach of the year awards, 2005 CHL Coach of the year, 1996 AJHL Coach of the year. Most recently an assistant Coach with the Kamloops Blazers championship team, previously the head coach of Kolner Haie of the DEL and Head Coach of the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. Cory was also an exceptional athlete playing for the University of Alberta. His passion for the game and supporting the athletes he coaches is what makes him such a valuable addition to the IGM team. His perspectives are unique through his experience as an elite athlete, coach, and athlete-parent.

Caitlin Watters - IGM Registered Psychologist

Registered Psychologist Specializing in Education

Caitlin is one of our in house mental health professionals. She works with the Calgary Board of Education and runs her own private practice. Her knowledge of the psychological issues individuals struggle with provides great value to IGM participants. Cait is a former athlete and the parent of two young athletes.

Sarah Weninger - Elite Athlete

Mt. Royal Cougars Women's Hockey Alumni and Social Worker

Sarah has been a unique addition to the IGM team. her experience growing up in a competitive home culture is insightful for athletes and parents alike. The struggles she endured makes her story impactful and allows for the opportunity to have deep and meaningful discussion during facilitation with female athletes.

Bob Wilkie - President IGM Inc.

Award Winning Entrepreneur and Best Selling Author

Bob is a former NHL player who has won championships both as a player and coach. He has coached from youth to professional levels. He was inspired to start IGM after the healing work he did post retirement. Issues he suffered from include excessive stress, addiction, self-sabotage and others all stemming from his time as an athlete. His passion is to educate athletes, coaches and parents about how to get the most out of the experience in sport, and develop strategies to deal with the challenges that come with pursuing one's goals.

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Our goal is to make the entire process easy for you. Click on the link below to meet with an IGM team member and discuss how we can assist you and your organization.

Testimonials from actual students

The improvements they see