CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Chicago Cubs' Chris Singleton made a stop in Cincinnati on Wednesday, but it wasn’t for anything related to baseball.
Singleton’s mother Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was killed in the Charleston, South Carolina shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2015.
On Wednesday, Chris offered an inspirational speech to students at Elder High School.
Since losing his mother in 2015, Singleton says he knew he needed to try and make a difference.
Now in addition to playing baseball, he’s an inspirational speaker making stops in many different states.
“I am amazed at his ability to forgive in such a tragic situation,” 1998 Elder High School graduate Mike Finley said.
Finley now lives in Charleston, South Carolina and says he knows Singleton and has walked past the church Singleton’s mother Sharonda was killed at a few times.
“The second time I walked past I said I really need to reach out to Chris and our company sponsor him to go around and speak to a lot of the youth in America," Finley said. "This message is such a wonderful, powerful message that we need to hear and especially in today’s world,” Finley said.
That’s what brought Singleton to Cincinnati, spreading a message of “Love Over Hate.”
“My message today is how to overcome the unthinkable adversity," Singleton said. “A lot of times we see stuff happen on TV we never think would happen to us. So when it happens to us we never know where to turn or what to do. I talked about forgiveness. I talked about my faith and how I think forgiveness and faith they go hand and hand."
Singleton says his mother was a teacher, a coach and very involved with her church before she was killed at 45 years-old.
“She was a loving, beautiful woman," Singleton said.
Inspirational speaking is just one way he continues to honor her.
“I think my mom would be super proud of what I have accomplished, but it doesn’t stop here," Singleton said. "There is always kids that are struggling with depression, kids that are thinking about doing something terrible to their friends or to their school. When I can keep reaching more people, I think I am able to save lives.”
Singleton also says he has speaking engagements in the next couple weeks and is already booking for the fall. He says during the off season he averages about 40 appearances.
He does most of these engagements during the off season and says he average about 40 appearances.