WAUKESHA, Wis. — Batter up! This weekend in Waukesha, kids of all ages will be competing in a baseball tournament and every dollar raised will be going to a great cause.
The Jackson Sparks Foundation is hosting a Home Run Derby and Skills Competition during the Waukesha Blazers Memorial Tournament kicking off Friday.
The Home Run Derby and Skills Competition took place at Sunset Park in Waukesha Friday at 5:30 p.m. It was be hosted by the Jackson Sparks Foundation.
Sparks was the youngest victim killed in the Waukesha Christmas Parade at just 8 years old and he loved baseball.
He was walking alongside his team while in the parade.
No matter which bleachers you sat on or which teams your rooted for, everyone was on the same page.
“It’s great because we want to have a safe place where kids can come and communities get together and it’s great to see we can all come together," said parent Nicole Maxam.
Jackson's father, Aaron Sparks' father, was pleased with the large outcome.
“I think any time you can make something good out of a tragedy. I think we can be an example. I think we’re just trying to do the best we can with what was a terrible situation," Aaron said.
This Home Run Derby and Skills Competition took time to honor the families directly impacted by the parade attack. All the proceeds will be donated to the Waukesha Blazers which is a community-based organization that helps youth athletes participate in both baseball and softball.
This tournament kicked off Friday and will run through the weekend. Any kid is welcome to join but registration is required and can be found online by visiting the Jackson Sparks Foundation website.