NORFOLK (WAVY) – The crowds have continued to grow year after year. And Saturday evening, Kam Chancellor welcomed the biggest crowd ever to his 7th annual Bam Bam Spring Jam Memorial Day cookout, held at Town Point Park.
“It just shows what can happen when you bring a great community together,” said Chancellor, an All-Pro safety with the Seattle Seahawks, who also says his roots are in Norfolk. “This is where I’m from. This is the area that tought me my toughness, my resiliency, everything that I am as far as being a man.”
Chancellor provided free food and entertainment for the community, and this year, provided a $10,000 check to the ACCESS College Foundation, which will award a $5,000 scholarship to two students at his alma mater.
“Humble guy, willing to do anything for his peers and his community,” said Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who played at Hampton High School and later alongside Chancellor at Virginia Tech.
Taylor was only one of a number of big names who made the trip. Chancellor’s teammate, cornerback Richard Sherman, entertained the crowd and signed autographs, as did Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Ha Ha Clinton Dix of the Green Bay Packers made an appearance, as did Ticha Penicheiro, the former star at Old Dominion who led the Lady Monarchs to the national title game in 1997.
“It just shows the respect people have for him and the things he’s doing for the community. I mean, it’s a all-star list the people that are here,” said Penicheiro, who is the school’s all-time leader in steals.
The crowds keep getting bigger, and for good reason; the love they share for a man that’s done so much for them. “I’m just blessed to be able to things I’m able to do today and just paying it forward to the community and the kids,” said Chancellor.