The Waukee YMCA youth basketball program will be missing one of its youngest players this Saturday – but Y officials want to make sure he and his family will be there in spirit.
Seven-year-old Jaxson Ridout has been hospitalized since last Friday, fighting for his life as a result of complications due to Influenza A. The family received some encouraging news on Tuesday, when Jaxson opened his eyes … but the situation remains very serious, and he has a long way to go in his recovery.
Jaxson and his sisters, Kenady and Reagan, are youth basketball participants at the Waukee Y. Their parents, Ryan and Melody, are involved with the youth sports programs at the Y as coaches. The Waukee Y has declared this upcoming weekend Jaxson Ridout Weekend, and will be dedicating all youth basketball games this Saturday to Jaxson and his family:
Before each game, the Y’s Youth Sports Pledge will be replaced with a staff-led prayer for Jaxson and his family. Players and spectators are invited to participate in any way that feels comfortable and appropriate to them. Jaxson’s parents have said the best way to help Jaxson right now is to keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Youth basketball players will be given stickers to wear on their jerseys during games.
There will be a poster board at each game site so players and spectators can write notes of encouragement. The poster boards will be delivered to Jaxson and his family.
Waukee YMCA youth basketball games are taking place Saturday at Waukee Elementary, Walnut Hills Elementary and Woodland Hills in Waukee. Jaxson’s sisters are playing at Valley Southwoods in West Des Moines at 2:15 p.m., and Jaxson will be honored at that game as well.
“Jaxson and his family are long-time members of our YMCA family, and we wanted to do something to show our support for them during this time,” said Eric Kress, executive director of the Waukee Family YMCA. “We hope it isn’t long before Jaxson is back on the basketball court at the Y, running around and having fun like all first-graders should be able to do.”
For more information, contact Eric Kress at the Waukee Family YMCA: 515-868-0502.