VIN'S PEOPLE: Look who’s turning 100? Coach, trainer and mentor Eddie Shannon!


See who’s turning 100? Eddie Shannon!

Revered as a coach, trainer and mentor for years at Lincoln Memorial High and Manatee High, and as a trusted change agent during integration, the beloved community icon reaches the milestone on March 7.

“Getting cards and calls from everywhere,” he said, happily.

There will be a celebratory drive-by on Saturday before Eddie’s residence – 216 18th St. E., Palmetto – beginning at 11 a.m.

It’ll be long, too, given all the youngsters Eddie helped over his lifetime.

“So many,” he said. “I didn’t care if you’re Black, white, red or pink.”

Among them? Tennis legend Althea Gibson at Florida A&M, their alma mater, Henry Lawrence at Lincoln, and Alvoid Mays and Tommie Frazier at Manatee.

Even retired, Eddie was a sideline fixture at Manatee and still tapes ankles for Palmetto players who drop by his home.

“Still taking care of kids,” he said.

Want to mail Eddie a birthday card? The ZIP is 34221. Or email a greeting to

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The Dazzlers are captain Julian Grover, co-captain Tamiya Gissendanner, Jayda Cherenfant, Kalia Early, Alannah Gissendanner, Hope Gutierrez, Hailey Hurd, Kyla Jackson, Jayla Lindsey, Julianna Mancusi, Dianley Reyna, Alanah Telles and Sermarjay Weight.

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The varsity includes captain Jabby Wright, co-captains Anabelle Bennett, Emily Giraldo and Aidyn Reynolds along with Alexa Griffin, Jillian Kimmi, Emma Parker, Amber Polis, Aidyn Reynolds, Jordan Rydzinski, Emma Schukraft, Ella Stockton, Caroline Tavolara and Grace Zinna.

The JV includes captains Gracie Krywko and Samantha Trent along with Indira Drummond, Callaway Johnson, Rachel McGrath, Ashlyn Page, Emilia Rouifed, Kyleigh Rydzinski, Kynnda Velazquez and Arie Williams.

They’re led by director Angela Babroski, assistants Linda Boone, Julia Backus and Tracy Capozella and JV coach Chloe Krywko. Team Moms are Holly Johnson, Debbie Pollis and Beth Trent.

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• Beertopia, hosted by area restaurants and breweries, is Saturday 6-9:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. It benefits the Hernando De Soto Historical Society and the Eye Center Inc. Vision Foundation to provide eye exams and glasses to underprivileged children. Get tickets at

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