CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Southern University has created a memorial fund in memory of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, the mother of Buccaneer baseball player Chris Singleton.
According to a release from the University, the Singleton Memorial Fund will be used to help Chris, a rising sophomore, meet his 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. Singleton," the release states.
Ms. Singleton was one of the nine worshipers killed in the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. She was the head coach for the girls' track team at Goose Creek High School, a speech language pathologist, and an associate minister at Emanuel AME.
"Charleston Southern University is committed to helping Chris through the difficult days ahead as he deals with the loss of his mother," said President Jairy C. Hunter Jr. "This fund is just one way that we can be of assistance."
Buccaneers Head Baseball Coach Stuart Lake expressed his gratitude over the NCAA's decision to allow CSU to create the fund for Chris. The NCAA acts as the governing body over college athletics.
"I'm very proud of the way the local baseball community has stepped up to help the Singleton family," the coach said.
Donations to the Singleton Memorial Fund can be made online or by check. Checks should be sent to the following: