First Annual Team Ream Day (2014)

On March 2, 2014, the Penn State Men’s Basketball Team plays the Wisconsin Badgers.  This day typically is reserved for Alumni Day, in which Penn State annually celebrates the tradition of its past basketball student athletes.  This year Coach Chambers is starting a new tradition – Honoring the life of one of the most beloved student athletes from Centre County, Brandon Ream.  On November 25th, 2013, Brandon passed after a long and dignified battle with cancer. But Brandon’s spirit will always endure.  Team Ream is eternal; Team Ream embodies the never-give-up attitude of a winner; Team Ream is forever.

Brandon Paul Ream was born in State College, PA on January 23, 1984. A lifelong resident of Happy Valley and a Penn State Graduate, he loved Central PA and could never imagine calling anywhere else home.

As a child and teen Brandon was a standout football and basketball player. Through competition, Brandon developed an unbreakable attitude for success and a dedication to team spirit. He continued his athletic career by playing football at Penn State University where he met his wife, Samantha, a PSU volleyball player.

 After graduation, Brandon channeled his passion for success into his family’s business, Camp Woodward, an action sports and gymnastics camp. He worked his way up to become VP of Operations and guided the camp through both national and worldwide expansions. 

In November, 2011, Brandon was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Upon learning the diagnosis, Brandon drew upon his competitive drive and immediately entered “Battle Mode”. He, along with his family and friends, confronted the crisis head on with a positive attitude and a gracious spirit. Giving up was never an option and Brandon NEVER gave up! Which is why his battle continues…

 Through his life and his journey with cancer, Brandon recognized the value and the importance of a solid support system, the love of family and friends and the availability of quality resources. There is no such thing as good byes, only see you laters.

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