President Tyson has challenged students, alumni and friends to join him in attending the Travis Bass Classic, Oct. 23-25, 2014.

Rochester College’s Homecoming will be held Oct. 25th. The ALS Association will have a booth at the Travis Bass Classic. All funds raised through this event will go to ALS research.


Friday, October 24

Warriors Night Out — 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Rochester Mills, 400 Water St | Rochester, MI 48307
Appetizers will be served
First 50 people to register will receive a free Homecoming shirt.

Saturday, October 25

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tailgate Party @ Rochester High School
12 to 1 p.m. Alumni Basketball Game @ Rochester High School
2 to 4 p.m. RC Men’s Basketball vs Redeemer University College @ Rochester High School
5 to 7 p.m. RC Women’s Basketball vs. Redeemer University College @ Rochester High School
7 to 8 p.m. RC Worship Session in the Rochester College Auditorium | Babysitting will be available



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Travis Bass was a dear friend of head basketball coach Klint Pleasant. They were teammates together on the football team at Abilene Christian University from 1994-1996. They remained extremely close after their college days and were major influences in each other lives. Due to the close relationship, Travis ended up becoming one of RC basketball’s biggest fans and supporters. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2007 and fought hard for four years before passing away due to complications from the disease in May 2011. Coach Pleasant traveled to Seattle, WA several times during Travis’ fight with ALS and then assisted with his eulogy. Travis was a special individual and one of the most talented persons Coach Pleasant has ever known. Travis owned real estate, car lots and mini storages, and was an accountant by trade. He also developed and sold his own BBQ sauce and had a BBQ catering business. Later in his life, he decided to study and practice law and graduated from the University of Idaho with a law degree. He wanted to fight for people that needed help and always envisioned doing most of his work pro bono. He loved life and he loved people and never seemed to meet a stranger. Travis would take off from work for weeks and sometimes months at a time during the basketball season to watch Pleasant coach while at Wayne State, University of Tennessee-Martin, Kent State University, Abilene Christian, and of course, Rochester College. Travis and Coach Pleasant shared an incredible bond. They traveled all across the country together and not a day went by, until Travis was too weak to do so, that they did not talk. Most importantly, Travis was a man of deep faith. Coach Pleasant cites his relationship with Travis in college as one of the key influences that helped him in his own faith journey. Coach Pleasant remains in contact with Travis’ parents (Randy and Sheila) and his wife (Kim) and children (Hannah, Savannah and Tristin). Travis loved RC Basketball, and his life and memory were honored all throughout the 2011-12 season as Pleasant’s team wore a “TB” patch on their uniforms. Coach Pleasant’s annual “Travis Bass Classic” honors his friend and raises money for ALS research. Learn more and to donate to ALS visit

“There is no way to put into words how important my relationship with Travis was and still is to me.  He was my hero and my mentor, but most of all he was my dear friend.  Not a day goes by that I do not think about him and the incredible influence he had on my life.  He was there on my best day (the day Rachel said, “I do”) and he was there on my worst day (the day the doctors told me that Rachel would probably die of brain cancer).  I often find myself both sad and angry because he’s gone…but then I remind myself, to have a friend like Travis for just one day was one of the great blessings of my life.” – Coach Pleasant