VIN'S PEOPLE: Pirates send out call for national anthem singers at LECOM Park

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Vin Mannix
Vin Mannix

Have you always wanted to sing the national anthem before a Pirates’ Grapefruit League game at sun-splashed LECOM Park?

Here’s your chance.

Individuals – or choirs – interested in performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” or “O Canada” should email a video or YouTube link of them singing the anthem a cappella to Marketing Manager Rebekah Rivette at

Deadline is Feb. 18th.

Singers not selected will have their information kept on file for the Bradenton Marauders season.

For more information, call 941-747-3031, visit, or email

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Lou Merucci, too.

• Good luck to Matt Ennis, the State College of Florida athletic director the last 11 years and now new executive director and chaplain for Anchor House, Inc., a ministry for ship workers at Port Manatee.

Ennis spent 17 years with SCF athletics and was recognized as the 2021 Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Michele Puls, the assistant director of athletics and student activities, will be SCF’s acting AD.

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Laurel Lynch, too.

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This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: VIN MANNIX: Pirates invite singers to perform anthems at LECOM Park

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