CHARLESTON -- As CSU commemorates the one-year anniversary of the AME tragedy and remembers the loss of a member of the CSU family, fundraising is currently underway for the Singleton Baseball Complex featuring a two-story 3,500-square-foot building, a memorial plaza and a stadium courtyard. The first floor of the complex will house a locker room, a training room and the Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Enrichment Center. The head coaches office and conference space for team personnel will be located on the second floor.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, mother of current team member, Chris Singleton, was killed in the Emanuel AME shooting. CSU will celebrate her life and legacy with The Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Enrichment Center, a gathering space for athletes to learn and grow spiritually and academically.
The memorial plaza will recognize outstanding CSU Baseball alumni including Hall of Fame members and Buccaneers who continued their careers in the major league. The central part of this plaza will be a "Love is Stronger" memorial.
The Stadium Courtyard will be located inside the stadium gates in front of the new complex.
"It is so fitting that Sharonda (Coleman-Singleton) will forever be a part of CSU Baseball and represent all the great parents that have been a part of the CSU family," said Stuart Lake, CSU Head Baseball Coach. "The Singleton Baseball Complex also shows our community and Conference how serious we are at competing at a high level."
The Singleton Baseball Complex is a $1.5M project. More than half of the funding has been committed through generous support in the community. The University is in an active campaign to raise funds for this important initiative. Construction of the Complex will begin when the remaining funds are committed. To speak to the CSU advancement office about naming opportunities or supporting the Complex, call 843-863-7513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view architectural renderings, visit charlestonsouthern.edu/singleton.
Chris Singleton's story has been featured by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the NBC Today Show and honored by the New York Yankees. He was also given the Humanitarian Award the Charleston Riverdogs this past weekend.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The University's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.