43-Year-Old Brian Rice is Living His Dream Playing Division 3 Basketball

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Brian Rice finally gets to live his dream of playing college basketball at the age of 43 after he served 25 years in the Navy.  Rice turned down Division 2 offers because he didn’t feel like he was ready for college.

Instead of living his dream and playing college basketball, Rice decided he was going to defend our country and that he did for 25 years.

Rice now plays college basketball at Geneva College which is a division 3 program.  While playing college basketball he also gets to take advantage of the school’s completion degree program.

By enlisting and serving in the Navy as an 18 year old, Rice was able to gain the discipline and maturity that he felt he was lacking after he graduated high school, but he also got the advantage of traveling the world.

As he is in college now he is just an old, college student.  Rice is in great physical shape, as you could imagine and he also brings maturity and leadership to the college itself along with the basketball team.

Rice has played in all 8 games for Geneva, but they are yet to win.  He averages 6.4 minutes a game along with 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest.  Rice is a 6’2″ guard who is continuing to try and gain playing time every day.

He may be 43, but he is still living his dream.  He has great desire to be playing for Geneva and will give them everything he has.

Rice posted up his best numbers of the season against a Division 1 team in Geneva’s latest game.

You may wonder why he is playing college basketball at the age of 43, but Rice has served our country for 25 years and he deserves this opportunity to live his dream that he passed up previously.

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