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Penn State to Welcome Shawn Johnson and Tim Shaw For Team Ream Day

Olympian Shawn Johnson and Penn State alumnus Tim Shaw will assist in the second annual Team Ream Day on Saturday afternoon during the men’s basketball game against Purdue.

Brandon Ream was a State College native and student-athlete at Penn State, where he walked-on to the football team as a punter in 2002. Ream was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in November 2011, then tragically passed away just two years later in November 2013. Through the Team Ream Foundation and the lives he touched, his spirit lives on today.

Shaw, who recently announced he was diagnosed with ALS, was teammates with Ream at Penn State. Johnson, an Olympic gymnast, attended last year’s Team Ream Day activities as well.

The Team Ream Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to preserve the memory and to carry on the fight of Brandon Ream for future generations. The mission of the foundation is to assist financially disadvantaged individuals in the Centre County area. The annual Team Ream Day, which Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers inaugurated the year of Ream’s death, celebrates Brandon’s life.

Proceeds from tickets purchased through will benefit the Team Ream Foundation. Penn State hosts Purdue at 1:00 p.m. at the Jordan Center.

Photo: Centre Daily Times

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Zack Rickens

is a senior broadcast journalism student minoring in procrastination. He hails from the booming metropolis of Harrisburg and can usually be found eating Suzie Wong egg rolls. He enjoys long walks to the Phyrst and is probably ranting about sports on Twitter (@slickrick717). He can be reached at [email protected]


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