Waukesha South basketball team honors Jackson Sparks at first home game following parade tragedy

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A big night in Waukesha Friday, Dec. 3, as the Waukesha South boys varsity basketball team played its first home game following the tragic event at the Christmas parade.

We learned Friday that all injured students from South are now recovering at home.

Friday night's game against Oconomowoc followed a long day of slow healing.

Nearly 100% of the student body came to school Friday wearing jerseys for Jackson. The hashtag went viral, people everywhere wearing a jersey to honor Jackson Sparks.

Right from the start, this game was dedicated to the little boy who lost the most.

"We understand that it's a lot, it's been heavy and today it was exciting to see everyone come around," said Bo Richter, Waukesha South High School varsity boys basketball coach.

Varsity basketball players did their warm-ups wearing Waukesha South baseball jerseys -- Jackson Sparks played for the Waukesha Blazers.

On this, the day Jackson Sparks was buried, Coach Richter says the entire student body came to school wearing jerseys for Jackson, and they came to the game the same way.

"We had a couple people that were there, we had a couple people that had people that were extremely close, so last week was -- it was rough," Richter said. 

A memorial is now growing outside Jackson's school.

"I still was kind of sad the tragedy happened," said Penny Fleischer, a fifth grader from Mukwonago.

Penny Fleischer didn't know Jackson, but wanted to show love just the same.

"She picked out the bunch that she wanted to put down and we're here," said parent Carren Fleischer.

Jackson Sparks' burial was private, but #jerseysforjackson made support for his family a very public thing.

"It's amazing. This is exactly why we live in a small town. We just want to support them and know that we're here for them," said Katie Boertman, Clarendon Elementary School parent.

Boertman's son goes to Clarendon school, where Jackson did. 

"We're praying for Jackson's family," said first grader Eli Boertman.

There was a big turnout at Friday night's game. 

The only thing missing was the band, but they are reportedly planning to go forward with an upcoming concert.

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