Jim McNamara Inducted into The Olympia High School Hall of Fame

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on April 24, 2013

Jim and Gay at HOF Induction

(Jim McNamara and Gay Gildy)

Our own Jim McNamara was inducted into the Olympia High School Sports Hall of Fame this past weekend. Jim received a Lifetime Achievement award for his 37 years as the voice of the Bears!

In addition to being Olympia High schools best fan, Jim’s lifetime award honors his involvement and contributions for not only Olympia High School, but many youth sports throughout the area. Jim has spent countless hours and contributed much to the youth sports of our area.

When Jim and his wife Sally moved to Olympia to raise his three sons, he coached youth baseball winning three championships. As his sons entered Olympia High School, he joined Bob Dunn’s Football Booster Club and helped with fundraising; he helped make the football and basketball programs one of the best in the state. He sponsored one of the Youth Football teams for the first year of the program (Evergreen Olympic Realty) and served on the board of the organization. Jim was also on the board of the Northwest Baseball League that started the “Wooden Bats” tournament that still exists today.

When Capital High School opened, the announcer for Olympia High School football games moved to the new school. Jim agreed to fill in at OHS until they could find someone else to do the job and subsequently became the voice of the Bears for 37 years! “It was a great ride and a lot of fun to be involved with some really great teams,” said Jim.

Congratulations Jim on all your hard work and contributions to our local youth sports programs!

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