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November 8, 2012

Photos, Story: At age 43, former ‘Canes’ star takes on college — and basketball

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NEW CASTLE — BASKETBALL AND LIFE ADVICE

Rice said those relationships have already formed, noting that 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,” Rice said. “Sometimes God combines our vocation with our avocation. He ceretainly did that for me.

“Everybody is using the label of Christian, but most don’t seem to understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus.”

Rice does not want to come across being judgmental.

“All I have to do is think back to myself and some poor decisions that I made.

“It’s a different culture today.”

Rice said becoming mature in one’s faith is an important step.

The defining moment in Rice’s Christian walk came while he was stationed in Alaska.

“I professed being a Christian, but wasn’t living the life,” he said. “Now before I make any decision, I think how it will affect my relationship with my wife.”

Rice and his Geneva teammates are looking forward to a Dec. 6 date at Division I Youngstown State University, just minutes away from Rice’s house in Boardman. The deal was sealed when he saw the garage came with a hoop attached.

“After looking at dozens of houses for sale, I knew that’s where I was supposed to live.”

(Email: d_burcham@ncnewsonline.com)

 

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