Collaborate for a Cause: Portage and Waunakee Students, Fans Join “Jerseys for Jackson” | Boys basketball

The players in the Portage high school boys’ home opener against Waunakee weren’t the only ones wearing jerseys on Friday night.

Students, parents, fans and even coaches took part in the “Jerseys for Jackson” movement, in honor of 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, who was the sixth and youngest person killed in the tragedy of Waukesha Christmas Parade on November 21.

Sparks was a huge baseball fan, and Todd Ahrens, a native of Greendale, posted on his personal Facebook page asking the kids to wear baseball shirts to school on Friday in remembrance of Sparks. The post, featuring the hashtags #jerseysforjackson and # jerseys4jackson, garnered 11,000 shares and nearly 1,000 likes, and it also caught the attention of Portage athletic director Ed Carlson, who passed the information on to Olivia Jones. , senior at Portage.

Jones, who helps run Portage’s student section Instagram page, in turn came into contact with opponents from the Warriors just 32 miles to the south.

“I contacted the student section (Waunakee) through my personal account as I couldn’t do it on the student section (account) and we both did the jersey night for the guys first game, but we both did it (again) anyway because of Jackson (Sparks), ”Jones said.

Both sides of the Warriors loyalists stuck to the deal as both student sections were decked out in a variety of jerseys. From Jones’ perspective, given the traditionally fluctuating size of Portage’s student section, the massive turnout “has been incredible.”

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