Four-time Olympic medallist Shawn Johnson will visit Penn State this Sunday to support the first Team Ream Day, which will take place at Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Wisconsin. This will be Johnson’s second visit to Penn State in the past year, after she spoke at Eisenhower Auditorium in October.
Johnson announced her visit via Instagram, which was later confirmed by Penn State Athletics. She will be here to support Team Ream, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Brandon Ream, a former Penn State football player and State College native who passed away last year after a long battle with cancer. The organization’s website says its mission is “to preserve the memory, to grow the legacy, and to carry on the fight, the will and determination of Brandon Ream for future generations”.
Although she is now retired, the former gymnast became famous during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where she took home a gold medal on the balance beam, and silver medals in the team, all-around, and floor events.
This Sunday marks the first Team Ream day, which will include a memorial presentation at halftime and a reception following the game at the Tavern. The game begins at noon this Sunday in the Bryce Jordan Center, and Johnson is expected to sign autographs as part of the festivities.