CHARLESTON, S.C. - Construction of the Singleton Baseball Complex at Charleston Southern University will begin this fall.
The Charleston RiverDogs are the latest Charleston-area business to pledge their support to the project. RiverDogs president Dave Echols, presented a $15,000 check to Buccaneers head coach Stuart Lake in support of the Singleton Memorial Fund. The presentation was made last Thursday at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
"The RiverDogs, our fans and the Charleston community are proud to support Charleston Southern University through our fundraising efforts during the 2016 baseball season," said Echols. "The Charleston community remains strong and the RiverDogs remain committed to ensuring Sharonda Coleman Singleton's legacy and Chris' message of strength through love will be seen as a lasting tribute through the Singleton Baseball Complex."
In addition, Dyson Construction has been hired as the contractor for the new complex. Mike Dyson, a 1983 alumnus and former baseball player at the university said, "Dyson Construction is honored to have this opportunity to create a lasting legacy for future generations. We look forward to building a facility that will help future student-athletes learn, lead and serve the community."
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.
"The Singleton Baseball Complex allows our players to have an all-inclusive home within CSU Ballpark," said Coach Lake. "CSU baseball has been founded on strong and supportive parents of all its players, and no one represents those parents more proudly than Miss Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. I am grateful that she will forever be a part of our baseball program."
More than half of the funding has been committed through generous support in the community. The complex is expected to be complete during the 2017 season.
For information on giving opportunities, visit: charlestonsouthern.edu/singleton.