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Diversity Office brings campus spirit as winter sports wind down

Showing Gator Spirit with free face painting.

Gator Spirit was alive and well in the swamp at the first Homecoming Basketball Game, held Feb. 19. The game concluded the season for both the men's and women's basketball teams. Check out more pictures from the event!

Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Homecoming Basketball Game featured a fundraising concession stand, free face painting, and free henna tattoos. The proceeds from the concession stand went to the book loan program, where students can borrow books for their classes at no cost.

An enthusiastic crowd cheered departing sophomores Aileen Cho (cheer team) Brieanna Olsen, Puja Taya, Shelby Wason and Taylor Woods (women's basketball) and Marquis Miles and Isaac Winston (men's basketball) as they played their final games.

Staff member George Schmauder, retiring from 30 years in game management, and Ben Schmauder, retiring after 17 years, were also honored.

homecomingGators score against Highline.

"The homecoming tailgate party brought a great energy to the evening," said Director of Athletics Bob Kickner. "Students who came to a Green River basketball game for the first time enjoyed the competition, fellowship and food."

The night after the game, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in conjunction with Workforce Education, hosted the first-ever Homecoming Dance. The semi-formal event featured a DJ and introduced the homecoming king and queen. Approximately 150 students attended the event. All proceeds from the event will support diversity scholarships at Green River. "The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion created history with the first homecoming dance," said Office of Diversity Program Coordinator Huda Al-Musawi. "We had a great amount of students that told us they would like us to host a similar event soon."