Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profiles. Each week we will highlight an individual who embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to the student-athlete, and founder of Mind Design Sports, Brandon Shintani.
Anxiety was interfering with Brandon Shintani’s performance on the basketball court — and that’s when he realized that mental training is just as essential as physical training for an athlete. At 17 years old, when he was a junior at Ridgewood, New Jersey, he became interested in sports psychology and wanted to offer a free resource for young athletes. Three years ago, he founded the website Mind-DesignSports.org to help teens strengthen their mental game.
A global team writes blogs and records podcasts for the website, sharing information on topics like letting go of mistakes. Including in the US, New Zealand, India, Zimbabwe, London, Germany, Turkey, and Pakistan, to name a few; since the launch in the summer of 2020, their audience has reached all 50 states in the US and 124 countries throughout the world.
In his spare time, Brandon Shintani enjoys playing basketball and finding ways to promote health and wellness to kids and teens worldwide. Here is Brandon Shintani, in his own words, sports performance and mental health:
By educating others about the prominent role that the mind has in sports performance, I hope that athletes will not only perform better but also learn to enjoy the experience at the same time, something that I was not able to do as a basketball player because of the pressures I faced to perform perfectly.
We at the Evolving Man Project wish Brandon continued success with Mind-Design Sports. They are again proving that young people can change the world one action at a time. Today we honor Brandon Shintani as our Evolved Man of the Week.