The Grand Rapids Community College Campus Activities Board is hosting the college’s first ever Spirit Week through this week Friday.
The events run from Feb. 20-25 and are free to attend. Throughout the week, CAB will be giving away 100 tickets to the Grand Rapids Drive basketball games.
“We’re going to give out about 20 tickets each day of the week…just sporadically to students,” said Ruben Resendiz, CAB president.
The first event of the week was Breakfast of Champions, Monday morning on the fourth floor of the Main Building. Food was provided for the first 200 people who attended, and the Grand Rapids Drive basketball players and mascot were expected to make an appearance as well.
The second event of the week is a dodgeball tournament that is happening from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the Ford Fieldhouse.
“The dodgeball tournament is open to student leaders only, so any student who is a part of a club or academic department in any way (is invited to attend),” Resendiz said.
Spirit Day is Thursday, Feb. 23. Students are encouraged to dress up in their GRCC apparel, and a T-shirt swap will be happening from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Raider Grille.
“The idea is that if you don’t have a GRCC shirt, you can bring in a shirt from another college and swap it out for a GRCC shirt,” Resendiz said. All t-shirts from this event will be donated.
A pep rally will be happening before the men and women’s basketball games Friday, Feb. 24. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s at 7:30 p.m. Games and prizes will take place during the halftime portion of both games. All of these events will take place in the Ford Fieldhouse.
Directly following the basketball games will be a homecoming dance from 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Student Center. The formal dance is open to GRCC students, but students are welcome to bring guests.
Resendiz said CAB and Student Life have been receiving a lot of feedback from students saying they wanted to see a Spirit Week happen.
“This is the first time we’re doing anything like it,” Resendiz said. “We’re going to try our best to make it a great one so that hopefully we can continue to do Spirit Week in the future.”
To finish off the week, the Grand Rapids Drive will play the Rio Grande Valley Vipers from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Deltaplex Arena, 2500 Turner Avenue. Parking is $5 and tickets for those who were not able to get one from Spirit Week range from $5-28. Students are encouraged to attend.
“I think students should definitely check the events out that are happening,” Resendiz said. “It’s all for them, and it’s free, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”