Charleston Southern University broke ground on a baseball complex last week that will be named after one of the nine victims in the shootings last year at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.
The $1.5 million Singleton Baseball Complex includes a 3,500-square-foot, two-story building with a locker room, training room, enrichment center and office space for coaches and staff, according to a university news release.
A memorial plaza will be built to recognize CSU baseball players who became members of the school's athletic hall of fame or played in Major League Baseball. The plaza will also include a “Love is Stronger” memorial, the news release said.
The complex is named in honor of shooting victim Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, the mother of CSU baseball player Chris Singleton.
“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,” CSU President Jairy C. Hunter said in the news release. “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 facility is expected to open in the spring.