Sylvia Ann Pinson
Sylvia Ann (Sanders) Pinson was reared on a farm in the Wheel community, attended Wheel Elementary School and graduated from Shelbyville Central High School in 1964. For four years in high school, she played basketball and during her senior year; the Shelbyville Central High Golden Eaglettes won the 1964 TSSAA State Championship with an undefeated season, 33-0. She graduated from Martin Methodist College, AA degree and University of TN – Knoxville, BS degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
In 1968, Sylvia started her professional career in teaching at Armstrong State College, Savannah, Ga. For the past 40 years (1974-2014), Sylvia Pinson has been working in the professional field of parks and recreation.
Her many years of service consisted of various cities and many related positions. They are as follow: the City of Florissant, Mo. – Superintendent of Recreation; City of Bartlett, TN- Community Center Director; City of Jackson, TN- Senior Citizens Director and Superintendent of Recreation; City of Shelbyville- Director of Shelbyville Parks & Recreation. She was an instructor at two universities, Lambeth University, Jackson, TN- Recreation Minor Courses and Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA- Physical Education Instructor.
In 2012, Sylvia was chosen to be the 2012 Tennessee Parks and Recreation Fellow Award. She was most honored to be chosen by fellow professionals across the State of Tennessee.
Never did she dream she could return back to Shelbyville to finish her professional career in her home town. She will retire from the City of Shelbyville on Friday, November 7, 2014. Special note: She left her home town in 1964 as a star on the basketball court and 42 years later return back home to leave a legacy in the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.