Goose Creek High honors Sharonda Coleman-Singleton with "Gator Crawl" fundraiser

VIDEO: Goose Creek High honors Sharonda Coleman-Singleton with "Gator Crawl" fundraiser

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Goose Greek High School is keeping the memory alive of one of its track and field coaches.

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was one the nine shot and killed at mother Emanuel AME church. Saturday the school hosted Gator Crawl, a relay competition fundraiser that will continue to honor her.

"She was just a great lady all around, just not as a coach but she was also like a mom to us," junior track athlete, Alexis Simmons said.

Coach Singleton is the reason behind the Gator Crawl, it's now the start of a Goose Creek High tradition.

"Coach Singleton always wanted something like this, it's just great that it helps raise money and it's to honor her," junior track athlete, Kamryn Simmons said.

Teacher at Goose Creek High, Elizabeth Beckwith says Singleton's dream was to have a state track meet at the school.

"She would do anything for everybody she was our biggest cheerleader," said Beckwith, who is also on the Gator Crawl committee.

Now the school is trying to make that dream come true.

"We don't have the equipment to make that happen so this will raise money for that event," Beckwith said.

It'll also go towards a memorial and scholarships in Coach Singleton's honor.

People came out from the community to create teams for the event. Kim Pond formed a team with other teachers from Howell Hall AIMS Elementary School.

"Just a great family and she was always there to support her kids," Pond said.

More than 20 teams came out. The competition included everything from running, to leap frog, to crawling in the mud and more.

"It was fun, it was hard at the same time," says senior track athlete, Tigere Campbell. "I didn't think it was going to be that hard, it was a workout."

The track and field team says Coach Singleton was a woman of God and they'll never forget her joyful spirit.

"She would be like' hey sugar love' with a big smile on her face, you will see her in the hallways she'll just be running happy, always happy," sophomore track athlete, Nia Johnson said.

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was also a speech pathologist at Goose Creek High School. The Gator Crawl will take place again next year and anyone is welcome to join. The equipment required to host a state track meet costs thousands of dollars. The school will continue to raise funds to meet the goal.

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