NORFOLK, Va. -The 'Legion of Boom' was well represented in Virginia over Memorial Day weekend, when Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor - a Norfolk native - hosted his sixth-annual 'Bam Bam's Spring Jam' for hundreds in his hometown community.
The two-day event supported the Kam Cares Foundation, started by Chancellor to support children from single-parent families and low socioeconomic backgrounds who hail from the Hampton Roads and Seattle areas.
"I think it's very important because when I was a kid I didn't have anyone to look up to, anybody that I could go to and hug and smile with and be able to laugh with," said Chancellor, who grew up one of six siblings raised by a single mother. "You kind of miss out on that, you don't get to have anyone to look up to, to inspire, to idolize. I want to do that for the kids. I always said that coming out of high school that I wanted to be there for the kids in my neighborhood and just show them the light."
The weekend kicked off Friday night with a cocktail reception and silent auction, continued Saturday with an afternoon of food and entertainment at Norfolk's Lakewood Park, and wrapped up Saturday evening with the first-ever celebrity basketball game at Maury High School - Chancellor's alma mater.
Several Seahawks took part in the festivities alongside Chancellor, including cornerback Richard Sherman, running back Marshawn Lynch, free safety Earl Thomas, linebacker Bobby Wagner, and cornerback Marcus Burley, as well as former Seattle players Brandon Browner, Byron Maxwell, Jeron Johnson, Ron Parker, and Michael Robinson.
Kam Chancellor's Kam Cares Foundation hosted its 6th annual Bam Bam's Spring Jam this Memorial Day Weekend in Norfolk, Va.
"It's just a great opportunity to give back," said Sherman. "Kam's a phenomenal person, he's a phenomenal teammate, so any opportunity we have to help him give back to his city and the city that has given him a lot, we're happy to do it."
Other athletes and musicians with ties to 'The 757' were also in attendance. The list was highlighted by NFL quarterback Michael Vick, hip-hop artist Pusha-T, Buffalo Bills quarterbacks E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor, San Francisco 49ers wideout Torrey Smith, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, Orlando Magic power forward Kyle O'Quinn, and more.
"I think the kids need to see guys that are successful, guys that have made it, guys that have been through the struggle and never gave up," Chancellor said. "I think kids need to see that. Just showing them hope that they can also be in the same position one day."
Part of this past weekend's presentation included a pair of giant-check presentations for local youth. Daevon Young and Brianna Charles - high school students from single-parent homes who had maintained a grade-point-average of 2.8 or higher - were each awarded a $1,500 scholarship toward college tuition by Chancellor's Kam Cares Foundation.
"I want to create a big family out here," Chancellor said. "By doing this every year, it's starting to grow every year. The family is getting bigger and bigger. The relationships out here are getting closer and closer. I want everyone to know one another and support each other.
"I think you can't do things alone in life, you've got to have a friend. I believe that having everyone together as a family is how you start it all."
Kam Chancellor and his Kam Cares Foundation hosted a celebrity basketball game in conjunction with the foundation's Spring Jam.