Children Are Wearing Baseball Jerseys to School to Honor Waukesha Parade Victim

Local athletes are joining in too.

On Friday, children will be wearing baseball jerseys to honor Jackson Sparks, the 8-year-old boy who died after a driver drove an SUV through Waukesha’s Christmas Parade, killing six and injuring over 60 people. Sparks was walking in the parade with the Waukesha Blazers baseball team, which he played for, when he was struck.

The funeral for Sparks was held today, Thursday Dec. 2 at Brooklife Church in Mukwonago. In Sparks’ obituary, his family encouraged children to wear baseball jerseys to the service to honor his memory.

“When not playing baseball, or slam-dunking basketballs throughout the house, Jackson enjoyed fishing, catching frogs, and playing with his brother Tucker and his dog Qi’ra,” the obituary reads. 

After reading the obituary, Todd Ahrens, a Greendale native living in Texas, posted on Facebook Monday, encouraging parents to have their children wear baseball jerseys to school on Friday. The post has been shared over 10,000 times, as of Thursday afternoon.

Milwaukee Brewers Nation shared it, as well as players Brent Suter, Kolten Wong and Christian Yelich, under the hashtag #JerseysforJackson

At the same time, Stef Wade, a Brookfield mother, launched #BatsOutForBlazers” an effort asking other baseball parents to leave a bat outside their front door to honor Sparks’ memory.

The Blazers president released a statement reading, in part, “Jackson Sparks will always be a Blazer and will never be forgotten. Our hearts are broken, and we continue to hold the Sparks family and all those affected by this tragedy in our prayers.”

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