South Carolina baseball player whose mother died in church shooting surprised by Yankees

BY Brett Smiley • August 17, 2015

On June 17, Charleston Southern University outfielder Chris Singleton's mother Sharonda was killed in a shooting at a downtown Charleston church along with eight other victims.

The very next day, with his teammates standing beside him on a baseball field, the incredibly poised 19-year-old spoke about the massacre and encouraged love in the face of hate.

Monday morning on the "Today Show," Singleton again came before cameras and this time got a surprise from a trio of New York Yankees -- Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner and Dellin Betances. The meeting was part of the Yankees' seventh annual "Hope Week," recognizing inspiring people and organizations.  

Singleton certainly fits the bill. He'll also get a trip to the Bronx Monday night for the Yankees-Twins game, where he will throw out the first pitch.

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