Archival pigment print of Akinori Kashiwagi, measuring 16x20 inches.
This project was made possible with the support of a Civic Engagement Grant from the Ursinus Center for Advocacy, Responsibility and Engagement (UCARE).
Akinori or “Aki” is our athletic trainer for the football team, the indoor track players, and men’s lacrosse. What he enjoys most is spending time with his wife and playing with his two year old son. He doesn’t have too much free time, because being a father is a full-time job in itself. When he does find free time, Aki enjoys watching sports. He prefers attending the games more than watching a game on television. His favorite sports include lacrosse, football, and softball. Sports have been an influential aspect of Aki’s entire life, where at a young age he had noticed he frequently was getting injured during athletics. This led to his desire to help protect students from injuring themselves in the ways that he himself had when he was younger.
Aki attended school at University of Nebraska at Omaha. And a former colleague helped him find his way to Ursinus, a school he believes is one of the best division III schools in the country to work at. One of the main reasons is that the staff really understands the trainers’ wants and needs, making it easy to focus on getting the athletes back to full health. Another main reason he enjoys being apart of the Ursinus community is the interaction with all the students and faculty of Ursinus College that he experiences every day. Aki aspires to be the best athletic trainer he can possibly be and has no specific ideas of where he wants to be in the future as long as it’s with his family.
Aki, you’re the first person I met on campus and continue to be the most genuine. If I’m ever looking to get my ankle or head checked out or would just like a smile put on my face, you’re going to be the guy I go to. On behalf of all the students that have come in contact with Akinori Kashiwagi, I’d like to send thanks for everything that you have done for this school and its students.
Copyright of the underlying work is held by the artist. The digital image presented here is for educational purposes only and is not for commercial use.
student art, 2015, documentary photography, Ursinus College, staff, portrait, photograph, archival pigment print