UGA honors victim of Charleston Nine shooting

A little less than a year ago, the country was rocked by one of the worst tragedies on 2015 when Dylan Roof entered a Charleston church and shot and killed nine people during a Bible study. One of those people was Reverend Sharonda Singleton.

She was the mother of Chris Singleton, a freshman baseball player at Charleston Southern University at the time. He still wanted to play on the team and following the tragedy, he was strong and said a pretty courageous thing that has become somewhat of a motto for him.

“Love is always stronger than hate. If we just love the way my Mom would, the hate won’t be anywhere close to what love is,” Singleton said.

The Buccaneers are in Athens, Georgia this week for a mid-week series and the students are doing something very special for him. He plays right field for the team and, usually, the students will heckle opposing players to try and throw them off their game.

However, a few Georgia students honored Singleton and his mother’s memory by hanging a sign on the right field wall. The sign read: “UGA to Chris, love is stronger than hate.”

The sign was hung off the deck of the house of Ryan Young and Will Kendrick, two members of the Lambda Chi fraternity at Georgia. Young spoke with Campus Sports about their decision to honor Singleton.

“After watching Chris’s E-60 story, I was so impressed by resilience and attitude towards the horrible events that happened in Charleston,” Young said. “We just wanted to show our support for Chris and his family and, really, all the victims. Chris is the definition of his own quote that love is stronger than hate. I wish him all the best.”

Young later went on to say that Singleton’s story is not only indicative of his ability to overcome adversity, especially in a time in our country where love doesn’t usually shine through.

“Chris preaches a message of love in a time in our country where so many people are not that honorable,” Young said.

In the Buccaneers’ game on March 1 against the Bulldogs, Singleton actually rounded out the visit with his first home run of the season as he cracked a solo shot in the top of the ninth inning.

This is certainly an amazing story and sends a strong message to Chris that says the Bulldogs are behind him and support him.

Singleton is just a sophomore, but he is already showing the true heart and leadership of a senior. As he sees that sign, he will certainly know that he isn’t alone on his journey to making his mom proud.

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