Jim has worked for the YMCA since 1974 in Ohio, Michigan and Idaho. During that time, he has been a swim coach, health and fitness director, aquatics director, preschool coordinator, and camp director. As CEO of the $20 million Treasure Valley Family YMCA, which attracts more than 3 million visits per year, Jim works with more than 6,000 volunteers, 1,000 staff, and 50,000+ members. The Treasure Valley Family YMCA is in 90 different locations, operates four membership facilities, 21 childcare centers, and is the largest nonprofit provider of childcare and youth services in Idaho, serving more than 2,000 children each day.
Under Jim’s leadership, the Treasure Valley Family YMCA has raised more the $45 million in the past 15 years to expand services in our growing communities. In 2010, the YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir was opened on 400+ acres outside of Cascade, Idaho. In 2013, the second phase of the camp was completed. Jim also volunteers with youth sports and Special Olympics. His other interests vary – from coaching and officiating youth sports to horseback riding, swimming, hiking, cross country skiing, water polo and cycling. He was a delegate at the 1997 Presidents’ Summit in Philadelphia and an Olympic Torchbearer for the Salt Lake Olympic Games in 2002. Jim and his wife, Linda, have two adult sons, one granddaughter, and one grandson.
In his nomination submission, John McGuire wrote, “Jim Everett is unquestionably most deserving of this award, although he would be the first to say that it is the Treasure Valley Family YMCA who deserves this recognition, not him.”
Jim Everett is a household name not only in the Treasure Valley, but also in the entire state of Idaho. He is a most humble, unassuming person, who leads the Treasure Valley YMCA’s operation of 90 different locations, four facilities, 17 child care centers – the largest provider of child care and youth services in the state – and the Y Camp at Horsethief Reservoir.
Jim believes passionately in the Y’s focus areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and he believes in the wellness of the whole being – body, mind and spirit. Jim has also inspired innovative programs like The Y’s Activate Treasure Valley and Safe Routes to School Program, which reached more than 3,000 students this year along, encouraging students to walk and bike to school to promote a healthy lifestyle, reduce traffic congestion and contribute to a cleaner environment. To say that Jim has had a positive impact on Idaho is an understatement. From childhood obesity to preschool education you can count on Jim to be on the front lines. He is the consummate leader—and consummate mentor.