Baseball fans nationwide rally to honor 8-year-old Christmas parade victim who loved the game

#Jerseys4Jackson honors Jackson Sparks, 8, who was killed when SUV plowed into Waukesha Christmas parade
Jackson Sparks, 8, who was killed when an SUV struck him during the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas Parade in November.
Jackson Sparks, 8, who was killed when an SUV struck him during the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas Parade in November. Photo credit Sheri Sparks/Waukesha Blazers

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — On Friday, Philadelphia area baseball fans can join in what is becoming a nationwide virtual memorial for the youngest victim of the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas Parade tragedy.

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The national tribute is to remember Jackson Sparks, a kid who simply loved baseball, through the #Jerseys4Jackson social media campaign.

Sparks was one of six people killed on November 21 when an SUV traveling at high speed plowed into the Waukesha parade, striking more than 50 people. Darrell Brooks faces six charges of intentional homicide.

The boy played for the Waukesha Blazers, a youth baseball team in the town that is now grieving his death and five others, including members of local troupe the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.

Sparks' mom asked kids attending his funeral Thursday to wear baseball jerseys to honor her son’s memory

Then Todd Ahrens, a fellow baseball fan in suburban Milwaukee who has attended the Waukesha Christmas Parade in the past, saw that request and made a push for fellow baseball-loving kids to wear baseball jerseys to school on Friday.

From there, it grew. the #Jerseys4Jackson push went viral on social media, as many national media members signed on to wear a jersey themselves on Friday. TBS lead baseball play-by-play voice Brian Anderson started that push, followed by others including ESPN's Sarah Spain and MLB Network's Lauren Shehadi.

2018 MLB MVP Christian Yelich of the hometown Milwaukee Brewers added his support, as did his team.

Baseball fans across America can join in the celebration of the baseball-loving boy's life by doing the same with their favorite jersey on Friday, at work or at school.

Fans are also encouraged to honor Jackson with a donation to the Waukesha Blazers Memorial Fund.

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