NEW YORK – Chris Singleton, a sophomore baseball player at Charleston Southern, will be an in-studio guest on Monday (Aug. 17) on the Today Show. Singleton will appear live during the 9 a.m.-10 a.m. hour on NBC's award-winning morning show.
Chris's mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was one of nine victims in the tragedy at Emanuel AME in downtown Charleston earlier this summer. Chris's press conference the day following the shooting drew national media attention. The now 19-year old's message of love and forgiveness the day following the loss of his mother was a major catalyst in Charleston's positive response to one of the city's darkest nights.
Following the tragedy, Charleston Southern University established the Singleton Memorial Fund. Funds will be used to meet Chris's educational expenses at CSU. It is Chris's wish that any remaining funds be applied to the planned CSU baseball enrichment center in memory of Ms. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton.
Chris and the Singleton family were featured in a piece titled "Love is Stronger" earlier this month on E:60, ESPN's award-winning new magazine.
Chris will be a sophomore at CSU in the fall. He played in 50 games in the Bucs' outfield as a freshman. His best performance came in the Bucs' extra-inning win at Clemson in April, going 4-for-5 with the game-winning RBI. The win was CSU's first against the Tigers.