::asian-pacific american heritage month:: lincoln kimura


      Lincoln Kimura, an American of Japanese descent, arrived in Kansas City in 1950 ready to do his part in establishing a new association to help his fledgling profession of athletic training.
     
      "Link," as he came to be known, played an active role in the growth of the NATA all along the West Coast. He was a founding member of - and driving force behind - the Pacific Coast Athletic Trainers' Association, which has since evolved into District Eight of the NATA. In addition, Kimura contributed his volunteer efforts to the NATA Board of Certification, helping lay the groundwork for certification and the ATC credential. His leadership style mirrors that of many NATA Hall of Fame members: tireless dedication combined with positive motivation. In 1974, Kimura's achievements were recognized as he joined the NATA Hall of Fame.
     
      Kimura, a lifelong Californian, earned a master's degree from Stanford University and then served as head athletic trainer for San Jose State University for nearly 20 years, from 1948-63. After his experiences in the college setting, Kimura moved into the ranks of professional sports, working as an assistant athletic trainer for the San Francisco 49ers for a decade before being promoted to the team's head athletic trainer, a position he held for 10 years.
     
      Although it has been many years since Lincoln Kimura passed away, his legacy lives in the progress still continuing for athletic training on the West Coast.


Lincoln Kimura


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