Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 12, 2012

43-year-old gives it the old college try

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Seeing that he could compete with them made him believe he could compete on the collegiate level when he returned to the states last February.

Santarsiero said Rice isn’t being treated as a “charity case” and he will have to prove he can compete against guys half his age. That could prove to be a challenge. Age has its limitations. “We’ll just have to see if his knees are going to hold up. He’s got to ice them after every practice.”

Rice said he’s already formed solid relationships with his teammates. Some players have invited him to share basketball and life advice with them.

“I have a responsibility to make my teammates better,” said Rice, who has a love for basketball and for being a positive example for young people.

“God has allowed me to get the whole package,” he said. “Sometimes God combines our vocation with our avocation. He certainly did that for me.”

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Details for this story were provided by David Burcham, a reporter for the New Castle (Pa.) News.

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