GRCC caps Homecoming on Jan. 18 with basketball games, food, family fun

Jan. 17, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Tailgating in a parking lot before a big game is fun. But tailgating away from the winter chill and in the warmth of the newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse with Grand Rapids Community College students of today and yesterday is even better.

GRCC caps a week of Homecoming events with basketball games, family friendly fun, and lots of food and spirit wear starting at 5 p.m. Friday in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE.

The evening celebrates all things GRCC and the proud Raider legacy, including salutes to some athletic legends, and two basketball games against Lake Michigan College. The women’s team starts at 5:30 p.m., with the men’s team following at 7:30 p.m.

The men's team, coached by Luke Bronkema, has an 11-5 overall record, looking to rebound after its six-game win streak was snapped Wednesday. Kentwood native Sammie Ryans leads the team, averaging 18.6 points a game.

The 11-5 women’s team, led by coach Dave Glazier, is on a roll, winning back-to-back games, including a dominating performance over Glen Oaks Community College on Wednesday. Hallee Breimayer, a Belding native, leads the team, averaging 14.3 points per game.

The Homecoming buffet on Friday includes pork sliders, a macaroni bar with toppings, and special desserts. The evening features activities for students, alumni and future Raiders of all ages, including cornhole, photo booths and a spirit station.

The event is GRCC’s second official Homecoming and its first in the transformed Ford Fieldhouse. Rededicated on Monday, the $8 million project includes extensive upgrades to the Gordon Hunsberger Arena. Renovations are aimed at enhancing academics, supporting athletic performance and making the facility more comfortable for spectators and people attending community events.

Alumni will especially enjoy the Paganelli Foyer and its tributes to GRCC athletes of today and the past.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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