CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern University broke ground today on the Singleton Baseball Complex, with an anticipated completion date of Spring 2017.
The Singleton Baseball Complex will celebrate the life and legacy of Singleton's mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, one of nine victims in June 2015's shooting at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.
"Our sincere desire is that future generations will see that the Singleton Baseball Complex is more than a building, but is a symbol of love and hope," said President Jairy C. Hunter. "Love and hope is the message that Chris's mother instilled in her son. The night after the tragedy, Chris Singleton said, 'Love is always stronger than hate. If we just loved the way my mom would, then hate won't be anywhere close to what love is.' Love is the greatest gift that Sharonda Coleman-Singleton gave her son. Chris shared this message with the world; Chris is a role model for generations to come. Today we're honored to break ground on the Singleton Baseball Complex."
The $1.5M project will celebrate the life and legacy of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, mother of current team member, Chris Singleton, who was killed in the Emanuel AME shooting. The facility will feature a two-story 3,500-square-foot building, a stadium courtyard, and a "Love is Stronger" memorial plaza. The site will also recognize CSU baseball Hall of Fame athletes and players who have played Major League Baseball.
The first floor of the complex will house a locker room, training room, and the Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Enrichment Center. The second floor will include the head coach's office and conference space for team personnel.
"I'm so proud this building is getting named after Sharonda (Coleman-Singleton)," said CSU head baseball coach Stuart Lake. "Recruiting is so hard; it really is. We try so hard to find the best players and then find make-up. To know that Sharonda's name will forever represent what parents mean to this program; for her name and the family to represent what the program stands for, that's what baseball is. I feel very fortunate to have been here to be a part of this. We have a great vision for this program, and it's happening because of the type of people that we have."
Through generous community support, $1,360,000 has been committed toward the $1.5M project. For information on giving opportunities, visit: charlestonsouthern.edu/singleton.