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Lisa is the first-ever Mental Performance Coach for the Oakland Roots SC.  She supports the players in optimal mental health and peak sport performance.  Lisa meets with the leadership group, in positional meetings, and with coaching staff  to promote team cohesion and communication. She meets with individuals to discuss the factors that influence their mental health, such as primary relationships, family of origin dynamics, world-view, cultural and ethnic identity, and the process of adjusting to a new team, and sometimes a new country. Together they explore how these experiences impact how one thinks, feels, and behaves. 


Lisa teaches and trains the players on mental tools that help in the development of mental skills. These mental tools can include goal setting, creating routines, and imagery.  When there is consistent and dedicated training on these mental tools they can lead to the development of important mental skills, such as motivation, maintaining confidence, and regulating emotions.

Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW

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Oakland Roots Sports Club Welcome Back Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

Oakland Roots SC is thrilled to welcome back Mental Performance Coach, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW. Oakland Roots SC believe highly in the importance of mental performance of our players, on the field and in their lives. Bonta Sumii is a member of the Technical Team and a fundamental part of the Oakland Roots’ Nurtured Roots program. Bonta Sumii joined Oakland Roots staff at the beginning of the 2021 USL Championship season, becoming one of very few professional sports teams with a mental health expert on the coaching staff.

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Oakland Roots is thrilled to highlight the work of Mental Health and Sport Performance Coach, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Oakland Roots want to share the value that Bonta Sumii brings as a member of the Technical Team and a fundamental part of the Oakland Roots’ Nurtured Roots program.

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Reflecting on the 2021 Season with the Oakland Roots Sports Club

Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, shares her thoughts on the 2021 season with the Oakland Roots!


Oakland Roots launches ‘Nurtured Roots’ program to support and develop athletes on and off the field

Oakland Roots in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross has launched a new player development program focusing on holistic wellness, performance and education about global, national and local issues seen through the eyes of the community.

CF '22 KEYNOTE A Winning Strategy: The importance of Mental Wellness Experts On and Off the Field

Keep destigmatizing mental wellness discussions in your organization by leveraging insights and tools from experts we get to hear from here, CEO & co-founder of MyHuddle, Christina Vandenberg, Lisa Bonta Sumii LCSW, CEO & Founder of AthMindset, and sport performance coach at the Oakland Roots SC, and Dylan Michael Firsick PhD, CMPC, athletic director of mental health and performance at the University of Georgia.

Women in Soccer: What comes after awareness - how to sustain the impact of mental health initiatives

Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW shares her insight and comments.


Step by step, Republic FC’s Norton, Roots SC’s Bonta Sumii are delivering in technical roles

Ten years into Sacramento Republic FC’s history, there are few people who can guide you through the club’s journey in the way Katy Norton can.

“I’ve been through all the ups and downs,” Norton said recently. “But I think the thing that remains constant is that this club is such a big part of...

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