Second Annual Penn State “Team Ream Day” Returns to Honor Legacy of Alum and Football Player Brandon Ream
Nittany Lions to Host Purdue; NFL Linebacker Tim Shaw and Olympic Champion Shawn Johnson to Attend
State College, PA -- On January 17, 2015, the Penn State men's basketball team will host Purdue at Bryce Jordan Center. This game will also mark the second year Penn State honors one of its' heroes and alum, Brandon Ream. On November 25, 2013, Brandon Ream, a local beloved student athlete, passed after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Penn State Head Basketball Coach, Patrick Chambers, started a new tradition that year announcing that an annual game will now be designated as "Team Ream Day" as Brandon’s spirit will always endure. His spirit embodies the never-give-up attitude of a winner.
"We are eagerly anticipating the second annual Team Ream Day, and the opportunity to raise awareness about the Team Ream Foundation," said Sam Ream, Brandon's wife and former Penn State volleyball player. "We are very grateful for the support of the Penn State Men's Basketball team, and we look forward to an excellent game vs. Purdue."
The "Team Ream Day" game will welcome Brandon's longtime friend, roommate and teammate , NFL linebacker, Tim Shaw as well as Olympic champion and Team Ream Foundation supporter, Shawn Johnson.
"It was my deep bond with Brandon and the Ream family that compels me to be involved with Team Ream Day," Shaw said. "Brandon always modeled the 'whatever you need' attitude when it came to helping out anybody. Team Ream Day honors that spirit and the spirit that helping others is the purest form of love. I do this for him. "
The game will also include a pre game autograph session featuring Penn State athletes and other athletes from various action sports. There will be a BMX Freestyle exhibition following the game featuring action sports stars, including local pro Chad Kagy.
In Ream’s memory, friends and family established the Team Ream Foundation last year with the mission to assist financially disadvantaged families in State College and surrounding areas who have been affected by serious medical conditions. All monies raised by the Team Ream Foundation stay in Centre County. Last year's first annual "Team Ream Day" raised $41,899 for the newly-founded Team Ream Foundation.
"We were extremely overwhelmed by the tremendous act of generosity shown by the Team Ream Organization," said Brian Judy of Centre Hall and one of last year's recipient of The Team Ream contribution. "Receiving both the financial and emotional support from this wonderful group helps us in countless ways. And their kindness couldn't have been better timed. We sincerely thank them and will forever remember their wonderful act of kindness."
To make a donation, or to find more information on the Team Ream Foundation, log on to www.teamream.org.
Katie Moses Swope