Today marks 10 years since the JSU family lost David "Wavee Dave" Chambers, a 1988 Jackson State University graduate and the beloved JSU mascot for more than 20 years. Wavee Dave's legacy began in the early 1980’s as a devoted and true blue blood JSU student who wowed fans, thrilled children and inspired diehard spirit at football and basketball games as the JSU Tiger mascot.
Chambers felt that God blessed him with divine talent that made him unique. "It's a gift that He wants me to share with others," Chambers said in an interview for an edition of the JSU yearbook. "I can come to this field and put joy in the hearts of 60,000 people. God is spreading his joy through me." The Baby Tigers started with one baby tiger in 1990. In 1995, the Jackson State Baby Tigers were officially born with three dancers and later expanded to twenty-one members, who performed in rotation. In the early 2000’s, female Baby Tigers were added to the group. The group was designed to get the crowds engaged and excited. But, they also performed community service and were required to maintain no less than a B grade point average while maintaining a positive attitude.
Chambers donned the Tiger suit for more than 20 years, until his health began to fail. In his last years, despite serious health challenges, he never failed to bring smiles to the faces of thousands of JSU fans. The beloved Tiger mascot died on December 21, 2006 following complications from a kidney disease.
Whether it was a former Baby Tiger or a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., of which David “Wavee Dave” Chambers was a member, the role of “Wavee Dave” has been passed down to other Jackson State University students who continue to follow in the trailblazing footsteps of David Chambers.