Badger Cafe

Badger Café – “A Conversation with Chris Borland: Meditation and Mindfulness”

February 21 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM
One Alumni Place, 650 N. Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706. Please enter through Alumni Park
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About the event

Join this conversation with Chris Borland ’13 and Chad McGehee from UW–Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, who were featured in the Winter 2018 issue of On Wisconsin magazine. Borland, once a Badger and San Francisco 49ers football star player, left the game because of concerns for his brain health. Learn more about Borland’s journey, along with his and McGehee’s work with the Center for Healthy Minds. The conversation will be moderated by film producer John Roach ’77.

This event will be streamed live on our WAA Facebook page.

The speakers

Chris Borland

Chris Borland
Former Badger and San Francisco 49ers football player

Chad McGehee

Chad McGehee
Learning and program development manager
Healthy Minds Innovations at UW–Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds

John Roach

John Roach

About the speakers

Borland is a retired NFL player who advocates for athletes, worked in mental health at the Carter Center, and helped run a study at the Center for Healthy Minds. His work has included collaborating with McGehee on a meditative program for former NFL players and helping with meditative programs for college football teams.

McGehee is a mindfulness teacher who creates, teaches, and researches the impacts of contemplative practices on well-being. He has taught mindfulness in various settings, including with police officers, current college athletes, retired professional athletes, and K–12 students and teachers. McGehee uses a teaching approach that incorporates findings from modern neuroscience along with accessible ways to integrate the practice into daily lives.


6–6:30 p.m. Welcoming reception and registration opens
6:30–7:30 p.m. Program
7:30–7:45 p.m. Audience Q & A
8 p.m. Event concludes

To view parking lot locations on campus, please visit the campus map.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to all, but we strongly encourage registration.

Questions? Contact McKenzie Glynn-Zdrale at or 1-608-308-5174.

This program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Sandra G. Sponem Alumni Park Signature Program Series Fund.  

This Badger Café presentation at One Alumni Place offers a great way to stay up-to-date with important topics and hear from UW–Madison faculty and experts, as well as stay connected with fellow alumni!

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