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“Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” + Post Film Talk with Chamique Holdsclaw & Dr. Sam Maniar

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Special showing of the documentary film, “MIND/GAME: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” Produced and directed by Rick Goldsmith, MIND / GAME: tells the compelling story of basketball phenom Chamique Holdsclaw, from her rise to WNBA stardom where she was touted as the “female Michael Jordan” to her struggle with mental illness and the strength she called on to speak out about it.

Following the movie, special discussion / Q&A with Chamique Holdsclaw and Dr. Sam Manier (Peak Performance, LLC)

Chamique Holdsclaw: Chamique Holdsclaw is a world-renowned athlete, advocate, and author. Her powerful story is one that speaks to all that have faced adversity. Holdsclaw struggled with mental health issues throughout her WNBA professional career. These issues coupled with an Achilles injury sidelined her from the game and she retired in 2011. Holdsclaw received a Bipolar II diagnosis in 2012, and although she has spoken out about mental health since 2006, this gave her focus as she vowed to get healthy and educate herself and others about mental illness and disabilities in general. Holdsclaw has been traveling the country to speak on behalf of her recent documentary “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” (2015). This poignant film gives an intimate look into the “female Michael Jordan’s” rise to fame as a collegiate and professional athlete and when her career was derailed by depression and near suicide. Her passion is to shine a national spotlight on mental health issues – especially in sports, among African-Americans, and underrepresented populations, and youth. Holdsclaw has also spoken on topics such as overcoming obstacles, adversity, and leadership.


Sam Maniar, Ph.D. is the President & Founder of the Center for Peak Performance, LLC, based in Hudson, OH. He works with athletes, sports teams, executives, and organizations to help them achieve peak performance. In his work with amateur, Olympic, and professional athletes, Dr. Maniar has focused on both counseling and performance enhancement interventions. He has worked with the Ohio State Buckeyes, University of Akron Zips, Washington State Cougars, Cleveland Browns, Olympic gymnasts, and numerous professional athletes from various sports. In addition, he has authored numerous refereed publications related to counseling athletes and co-authored the initial depression guidelines for the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook as well as a book chapter on depression among college athletes. Dr. Maniar also has extensive experience working as an executive coach and organizational development consultant. He holds a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Sport Psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Ohio.



September 14, 2017


6:30 PM

Start Time:

7:00 PM

End Time:

9:00 PM


Capitol Theater
1390 W 65th St
Cleveland, OH 44102