Penn State to Honor Life of Brandon Ream with “Team Ream Day”

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State will honor the life of Brandon Ream with Team Ream Day when the Nittany Lion men’s basketball team takes on Wisconsin on Sunday. Ream, a Centre County native and former Penn State football player, died in November after a long battle with cancer.

In Ream’s memory, friends and family established the Team Ream Foundation 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 will stay in Centre County.

“It is a great honor for us, as it would have been for Brandon, to cheer on Penn State basketball while giving back to the people of Centre County and surrounding areas,” said Samantha Ream, wife of Brandon Ream.

“All of us at Team Ream are aware of the financial struggles people face when overcoming adversity.  This is an overwhelming and difficult time for the patient and their families – and reaching out and offering help is what we are called to do. We are One; One Team; One Community; One Family.”

The Team Ream game will include a pre-game autograph session featuring Penn State athletes and other athletes from various action sports. The game between the Nittany Lions and Badgers will tip off at 12 p.m.

Friends of the Ream family have agreed to match, dollar-for-dollar, all funds raised for the event up to $30,000. To make a donation, or to find more information on the Team Ream Foundation, log on to

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