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James Donaldson
      Owner and Director of The Donaldson Physical Therapy Clinic

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James established The Donaldson Clinic in January 1990 (shortly after a career threatening knee injury) with an idea that he would eventually become a physical therapist.  He recently finished a 20 year professional basketball career in the spring of 2000.  James is very involved in the day to day operations of The Donaldson Clinic.  He also is a strong advocate for Women & Minority owned businesses and is very involved with the Seattle and Tacoma Chambers of Commerce.  He understands what it takes to sustain a strong business environment that is conducive to the success of businesses overall.                                           

 He is the author of Standing Above the Crowd: Success Strategies in Athletics, Business, Communities and Life.                                                                            

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James is a Washington State University graduate (’79).  After an outstanding basketball career with WSU, he went on to play professional basketball in the N.B.A. with the Seattle Supersonics, San Diego/L.A. Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Utah Jazz. James was an N.B.A. All-Star in 1988 while playing as center for the Dallas Mavericks. In 2006, James was inducted into the Pac – 10 Sports Hall of Fame and also the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

He now devotes the majority of his time to various community activities, and toward the operations of The Donaldson Clinic, which is located in Mill Creek, WA.  James chose to become involved with physical therapy because of his own experience while suffering from a devastating knee injury.

James is a long time resident of the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle.  Since his retirement from professional basketball, he has tirelessly committed himself and his resources to the improvements and involvements of various neighborhoods, e


specially those in which he has chosen to locate The Donaldson Fitness & Physical Therapy Centers throughout the years, such as The Hilltop Neighborhood of Tacoma and the Central Seattle Neighborhood of Seattle.  He believes in being a role model of success and professionalism for the scores of young people that he devotes so much of his time to.  He frequently conducts speaking engagements (motivational, inspirational, educational) for organizations, schools, and youth groups.  He currently serves on several Boards and/or committees and is a member of many organizations.

James believes in developing relationships that create a “Win – Win” environment for everyone involved, and being the best he can be!   


Groups & Associations    


-        Boy Scouts of America
-        Breakfast Group, The
-       Central Area Senior Center
-        Christian Brotherhood Academy                                                      
-        Columbia Tower Club
-        Communities In Schools
-        Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, The
-        Hilltop Action Coalition
-        Honorary Commander At McCord Air Force Base
-        Magnolia Community Advisory Council
-        Mill Creek Business Association
-        Mount Zion Baptist Church Scholarship Committee
-        Mukilteo Chamber Of Commerce, The
-        NAACP – Tacoma
-        Northwest Minority Business Council
-        Riley Group, The
-        Sno-King Youth Club The (Spokesperson)
-        Sound Transit Diversity Oversight Committee
-        South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce
-        Tacoma – Pierce County Black Collective
-        Tacoma – Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
-        Urban Enterprise Center (Board Member)
-        Urban League – Tacoma, The
-        Washington State Mentors (Board Member / Exec. Com) 
-        Washington State University Gray
-        Werlin Reading Program, The




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