Penn State men’s basketball: Game to honor memory of football player Brandon Ream

The inaugural Team Ream Day will be held at noon Sunday during the Penn State men’s basketball game at the Bryce Jordan Center against Wisconsin.

Team Ream is a local organization founded in memory of Brandon Ream, who died Nov. 25 after battling cancer. Ream, of State College, was a former Penn State football player.

The foundation’s mission is to financially assist State College-area families affected by major medical issues, said Ream’s wife, Samantha, a former Penn State volleyball player.

Each year, a basketball game is typically is reserved for Alumni Day, when Penn State celebrates the tradition of its past basketball student-athletes. Samantha Ream said that this year, coach Patrick Chambers agreed to honor Brandon.

“Originally, after Brandon passed, we wanted to create something in his name,” she said. “It took off when Coach Chambers had approached us and agreed to make Brandon the honorary coach for this day.”

As the first organized fundraising event for the foundation, Ream said there is no fundraising goal yet, but she hopes to see a packed arena.

“It was a really quick turnaround, and it’s overwhelming, in a good way, with all the support,” Ream said. “We know what it’s like to be on both sides of the situation with getting so much support during his battle, and this is our way of giving back. We just want to fill in those gaps for those people who need help.”

All money raised will stay in Centre County, Ream said. Friends of the Ream family have agreed to match, dollar for dollar, all money raised for the event, up to $30,000.

The Team Ream game will include a pregame autograph session featuring Penn State athletes. The game also will include a memorial presentation at halftime.