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Team Ream Day Raises Money For Local Cancer Battles

by and on January 18, 2015 2:11 PM

A season-high crowd of 8,949 packed the lower bowl of the Bryce Jordan Center Saturday afternoon on the second annual Team Ream Day to raise money for local families impacted by cancer.

Team Ream Day honors the Team Ream foundation, named after former Penn State punter and State College native Brandon Ream, who tragically lost a two-year battle with a rare form of bone cancer. The foundation “is a not–for–profit organization established to preserve the memory, to grow the legacy, and to carry on the fight, the will and determination of Brandon Ream for future generations,” its website says.

A lively crowd that wore blue and white Team Ream shirts and included Penn State football coach James Franklin, and even rapper and television personality Flavor Flav, came together to join the festivities.

“It was great. The crowd was great, home court advantage, student section was awesome,” Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers says. “Team Ream is just amazing. Everything was amazing.”

Former Penn State linebacker Tim Shaw and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, a Ream family friend who also attended last year’s event, signed autographs on the concourse prior to the game then joined the Ream family for a halftime ceremony. The national champion Penn State women’s volleyball team met with fans before tipoff as well.

Shaw, who in August announced he’s battling ALS disease, was awarded a pair of golden boxing gloves and named the first annual Team Ream Fighter of the Year. A $20,000 dollar check was then presented to the Team Ream fund at the Mt. Nittany Medical Center.

“It really set us up for success, and it’s a shame we didn’t live up to our end of the beautiful day,” Chambers says. “But I know we raised awareness and I know we raised funds and we did a lot of good things in that regard.”

By game’s end, the Team Ream Day positives were about all Nittany Lion fans had to cheer about: Penn State lost to Purdue in overtime, 84-77, its fifth straight loss to begin Big Ten play.

This post was originally published by the staff at Onward State. Follow Onward State on Twitter @OnwardState.

Ben Berkman reports for Onward State.
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