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James Donaldson at a basketball game for WSU
Spring 2022

Video and stories about James Donaldson

Former Coug and NBA basketball star James Donaldson (’79 Socio.) faced a lot of adversity over the last decade. He has turned his struggles with mental health into a new purpose: helping others through sharing his experiences.

Video: Eric Johnson (’84 Comm.) interviews Donaldson for Eric’s Heroes on Seattle’s KOMO-TV

Donaldson is a guest on Chino y Chicano, co-hosted by Enrique Cerna (’75 Comm.). (Read more about Cerna and his podcast)

Your Gift of Life: Donaldson’s nonprofit to increase awareness of mental health

Read more about Donaldson’s journey back in “Standing tall.”

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Winter 2021

Talkback for Winter 2021


Beyond time and distance

September 2006, a typical extremely hot and humid day in Auburn, Alabama.

The Pacific Northwest WSU Cougars traveled East to play my Deep South Auburn Tigers.

During a pregame tailgate party at my parking spot near Jordan Hare Stadium, I espied some Cougar fans heading to the stadium.

Some looked uncomfortable. One lady seemed unsteady, extremely hot, likely heat exhaustion threshold.

I took her hand, led her to a shady chair, gave her water. We invited them to rest, share our BBQ and drinks.

We welcome, honor, and respect our visitors, share our hearts, become friends, the Southern way, the … » More …