Penn State Basketball: Team Ream Day To Honor Life Of Brandon Ream
There are times where a single conversation can change the way you view the world. A reminder that for all the troubles you may have, that someone is facing a much more challenging battle.
This was the case for Penn State men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers as he rode in a golf cart with Centre County native and former Penn State football player Brandon Ream this past summer.
"I spent countless hours with him," Chambers said this past week. "But I rode with him at the Coaches Versus Cancer event and we talked about what he was going through and I'm over here complaining about losing games and here is a guy fighting for his life. Here was a guy who was more upbeat more positive, and I think I'm a pretty positive guy, and he was upbeat and ready to go get his treatment, ready to fight, talking about how he has a great life ahead of him a great wife a great family. Nothing negative came out of his mouth, nothing negative. That to me spoke volumes."
Ream passed away in November after losing his battle with cancer, but his family continues to remember that positive energy. An energy that was often seen court side at the Bryce Jordan Center.
"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."
And so, prior to Penn State basketball's Sunday meeting with Wisconsin the Jordan Center will host Team Ream Day. The event will include a pregame autograph session featuring Penn State athletes and other athletes from various action sports. Olympic gold medal winner Shawn Johnson is expected to attend as well.
In addition, 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 teamream.org.
"Obviously he was a special person," Chambers said. "And he sat courtside and I would go give him a pound when he was there. But his family has meant a lot to this program and to Penn State in general."