James Donaldson completed a twenty-year professional basketball career in the spring of 2000.
He 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 operated the Donaldson Clinic until 2018.
He is a strong advocate for women- and minority-owned businesses and is very involved with various chambers of commerce. He understands what it takes to sustain a strong business environment that is conducive to the success of businesses overall.
James is a Washington State University graduate (’79). After an outstanding basketball career with WSU, he went on to play professional basketball in the NBA with the Seattle Supersonics, San Diego/L.A. Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, and Utah Jazz. He also played for several teams in Spain, Italy, and Greece as part of the European Leagues, plus he toured with The Harlem Globetrotters to wrap up his career. James was an NBA All-Star in 1988 while playing 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.
Today, James devotes the majority of his time to various community activities and toward The Gift of Life Foundation (www.YourGiftOfLife.org), speaking on mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
James frequently conducts speaking engagements (motivational, inspirational, educational) for organizations, schools, and youth groups. He is the author of
Standing Above the Crowd (www.StandingAboveTheCrowd.com)
A longtime resident of Seattle, in 2009, James was a candidate for mayor. He had a strong fourth place finish in a crowded field of eight candidates. In 2019, he was a candidate for Seattle City Council—District 7. He continues to work closely with several elected officials in regards to politics, youth, and educational issues in Seattle.
James believes in being a role model of success and professionalism for the scores of young people he devotes so much of his time to. 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!
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