Local Sporting Legend Jimmy Everett Remembered

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UPDATED 9.16.2011 6:20pm by Julie Montanaro

Funeral arrangements for Jimmy Everett are now set.

Visitation will be this Sunday, September 18th from 4 to 7pm at Calvary Chapel, 8614 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee

Funeral services will be Monday, September 19th at 4pm at Bradfordville First Baptist Church, 6494 Thomasville Road
UPDATED 9.16.2011 by Julie Montanaro

The Lincoln Trojans are dedicating tonight's football game to former coach and athletic director Jimmy Everett. Everett lost his battle with ALS Thursday night.

Lincoln High Athletic Director Paul O'Halloran says it turns out this is the Trojans first home game in ten years and everyone who enters the field tonight will be greeted by an arch that declares "Jimmy Everett Track."

There will be a moment of silence before the game, O'Halloran says, and a special performance by the marching band.

Students lined up in the cateria today to sign two large banners that read "In Memory of Coach Everett."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized. .

Tallahassee, FL - Jimmy Everett, one of Tallahassee's favorite sports figures, lost his battle with ALS and died at the age of 57.

Everett was an assistant principal and athletic director at Lincoln High School. He was diagnosed with ALS in late 2009 and brought his battle with Lou Gehrig;s Disease to the public eye as his son pitched for the FSU Seminoles. Everett was often seen at Dick Howser Stadium where he watched son Tyler pitch for the Florida State baseball team. Last season, he even threw the first pitch to his son.

Chip Baker, FSU's Director of Baseball Operations, says, " Jimmy put up a great fight. It's been a tough time on Tyler and the entire team the past three years. Tyler grew up a lot during that time and has become a man."


Jimmy Everett: Battling Lou Gehrig's Disease
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Tallahassee, FL - "It's devastating. I'm losing a lot of muscle mass. My breathing is going down and my balance and my speech is not up to par."

Jimmy Everett, the one time coach and athletic director at Lincoln High is not up to par because he's battling his toughest opponent - ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Everett says,"They're doing some fundraisers for us and for the family, and I just appreciate the love fro Tallahassee."

One of the fundraisers will come from FSU baseball next Wednesday when they play their ALS Awareness game. Jimmy's son, Tyler, is having his best year on the mound despite the turmoil happening to his dad.

FSU head baseball coach Mike Martin says, "Tyler is, of course, coping with a difficult situation. He's got a lot of people around him that truly love him and that's members of the baseball team and this coaching staff. Jimmy Everett is a guy I coached in high school. He's a very dear person."

Tyler is leading the ACC in earned run average, but he sees more than balls and strikes when he's pitching.

FSU junior pitcher Tyler Everett says, "Especially good to see him at every home game I get to pitch. He's always there for me. Pretty much dedicate just this season for him and you know, hopefully next season I can dedicate to him as well. So, take it game by game and cherish every moment."

Jimmy was diagnosed with the deadly disease in March 2009, smack in the middle of FSU's baseball season, and he'd hold onto that secret from Tyler until June.

Jimmy says, "I swore to everybody in the family to keep it a secret. They did, and the day after we lost to Arkansas, I took him out to dinner and told him. He was shocked."

Tyler adds, "Discouraging. It was like it wasn't real. So, months down the road definitely helps like goring up and make you more of an adult istead of just college life. You know, makes you realize what you have."

What they have is precious, and they hope to hold on to that for as long as they can.

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