Yankees make 'Today' show surprise for baseball player whose mother was killed in church shooting

Chris Singleton, a member of Charleston Southern’s baseball team, lost his mother Sharonda Coleman-Singleton when

she was gunned down in the horrific shooting that took the lives of eight others at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17.Since then, the 19-year-old outfielder has received an outpouring of support from family, friends, teammates and even strangers. MORE: Panthers donate $100K  | Dwight Howard visits CharlestonSingleton was a guest on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday, and as if meeting special guest host John Cena wasn’t cool enough, he got a special surprise from several members of the Yankees. Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner and Dellin Betances showed up to the set to surprise Singleton as part of the organization’s seventh annual “Hope Week,” an event that recognizes individuals and organizations that inspire others to do good.Privileged to take part in @Yankees #HOPEWeek and to meet @csingleton__2 on the @TodayShow pic.twitter.com/fqpYziw3r6— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) August 17, 2015Chris Singleton learns from the #Yankees that he’ll throw out the ceremonial first pitch at The Stadium tonight. pic.twitter.com/sWQBy7FgfO— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 17, 2015Singleton also found out he will get the chance to throw out the first pitch at the Yankees’ home game against the Twins on Monday night.UPDATE: Singleton delivered a strike to Yankees outfielder Chris Young.What #HOPEWeek is all about: http://t.co/GrPjcukvLd pic.twitter.com/0DPoy0vvVJ— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 17, 2015