Dr. Tunney’s work in philanthropy goes beyond NSA. He founded the Jim Tunney Youth Foundation in 1993 to serve the underprivileged youth in his community. The JTYF supports community programs and resources that work with youth to develop leadership, work skills, wellness and self-esteem among youth. His foundation emphasizes programs that work one-on-one with young people, not just to identify problems that hinder, but also to illuminate possibilities and increase realistic options for building productive, self-determining lives.
To date the foundation has issued grants to local youth groups totaling more than a quarter million dollars.
Tunney is also the recipient of multiple awards, including The Cavett Award, known as the “Oscar” of professional speaking, presented annually to the professional speaker whose career has earned “outstanding credit, respect, honor and admiration in the National Speakers Association and the speaking profession.”
A past president of the National Speakers Association, he is a charter member of its most prestigious group — the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame — and holds every professional designation of the NSA as well as a member of the prestigious Speakers Roundtable.
Jim’s 31-year NFL career has earned him a nomination to the Pro Football (NFL) Hall of Fame. It’s the Will, Not the Skill, Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan’s Soul, Impartial Judgment: “The Dean of NFL Referees” Calls Pro Football As He Sees It, Speaking Secrets of the Masters, Insights into Excellence both with members of the Speakers Roundtable, and The Winning Spirit,
He writes a weekly newspaper column for the Monterey County Herald, “On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS” and weekly blog. Tunney resides in California with his wife Linda.
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