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John DePalma graduated from Shorecrest High School in North Seattle in 1987. He then received a B.S. degree in Human Biology with an Athletic Training minor from Eastern Washington University in 1991. He then underwent two years of professional Physical Therapy education in in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, including a clinical clerkship at the former Seattle Seahawks Training Center in Kirkland, WA. John has since worked as a Physical Therapist in outpatient orthopedic and sports clinical settings. As an athlete himself, John was a member of the United States Canoe and Kayak National Marathon Team from 1999 until 2012, and represented the U.S. seven times at the International Canoe Federation World Championships. In 2011, he co-founded an ecumenical Christian sports fellowship organization called “Paddlers for Christ”, and in 2012 entered the Society of Jesus. John is currently on assignment at Seattle University as an adjunct faculty member in the Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise where he enjoys utilizing his passion, skill, and experience as a Physical Therapist and competitive athlete in order to contribute to the growing awareness and appreciation for the theory and practice of human wellness, fitness, and performance.