Bonesmart Spotlight: Craig Raucher December 2020

Posted by admin on December 21, 2020

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A couple of years ago, Craig Raucher (username raucher on the forum) was featured in our BoneSmart Spotlight with a glowing account of his successful knee replacements.  You can read that inspiring story here (https://bonesmart.org/joints/december-spotlight-craucher/) and see that after his knees were replaced, Craig was able to return to playing full court competitive basketball, frequently with much younger guys.  As we close 2020, Craig is back with an update on how he’s doing now that
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BoneSmart Spotlight: Craig Raucher

Posted by admin on November 13, 2018

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“I am a living, breathing and playing testimonial to the idea that if you find the right surgeons, the right hospitals and add a very high level of determination, you can play basketball competitively after your knees are replaced.” …..CraigRaucher 1986 – Craig Raucher, Captain of DHL Airways Airport League – Champions The court is no place for a guy with bad knees! For Craig Raucher (username raucher on the BoneSmart forum), playing competitive basketball
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Dave & Busters is now a sponsor of the Staten Island Basketball League – September 2018

Posted by admin on September 19, 2018

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We have been approached by the nationally recognized Dave & Busters Corporation as a sponsor for the Staten Island Basketball League as they were opening their first location at the newly renovated Staten Island Mall. That sponsorship became effective on September 2018. The combination of a highly competitive basketball group in tandem with a sports and game oriented highly competitive atmosphere as Dave & Busters provides a hand in glove fit.   Dave & Busters is an

The Run

Posted by admin on February 2, 2018

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Recently a call came into the league office from the Staten Island District Attorney’s office. The assistant DA asked for Craig Raucher and not knowing what to think I of course answered the call. The ADA wanted to play ball with us and was told in his office that the Staten Island Basketball League had the best “run“ on the Island. Of course we invited him down. Now for those of you who play b-ball

The Court

Posted by admin on February 1, 2018

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Here it is look at it. You have seen it years before in a thousand different cities. When you walk through the doors of the venerable school on to the time worn basketball court you are transported back decades. It is an old gym in an old school in an old working class neighborhood. The gym is defiant about giving in and at 80 years old looking forward to its 100 th birthday. The gym

The Zone

Posted by admin on February 1, 2018

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If you play the game you know what the zone is. It is a physical and emotional place you strive of to be in. It validates you as a player. It is the result of thousands of games played over dozens of years with hundreds of players. The zone is when you cannot miss. You shoot you score. Long distance short distance it goes up it goes in. Three, four five times in a row.
Located right outside of Public School 8 where the League plays. We started as unlimited numbers of urban kids have always begun by playing in the park. Some call it the court or the yard or the school. Outdoors. New York, Chicago, Miami, Houston, LA, Madrid, Seoul, Cape Town all cities across the USA and the world have thousands of them. They are all the same: old, backboards metal and rusting, rims tight and unforgiving.

The Hook

Posted by admin on January 30, 2018

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What draws people to this game and this group? Why do players come twice a week for weeks and months and years in a row? Why do old timers turn up to play? What is the hook? The hook in the consistency of the game: played at a high level, played aggressively, played by players who can play and have edge, played by those that don’t want to lose. The hook are the younger players
I am a 62-year-old man with a long and rich basketball history. I am the founder and Commissioner of the Staten Island Basketball League and have played organized and college basketball for 52 years. I’ve had many knee surgeries over the years due to basketball injuries. Eventually had to have both knees replaced as the pain was unbearable and the quality of my life was not good. As an aging athlete, basketball and working out

In the news 4/2017

Posted by admin on May 1, 2017

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Full article on SILive.com Craig Raucher, founder of the Staten Island Basketball League, is a 65-year-old who loves playing hoops. (Staten Island Advance/Hilton …

In the news June 2016

Posted by admin on March 14, 2016

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Read about us in backinthegame.hss.edu click here

In the news October 2015

Posted by admin on October 14, 2015

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Read about us in silive.com click here

In the news January 2014

Posted by admin on January 14, 2014

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In the news July 2010

Posted by admin on June 14, 2010

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Read about us in silive.com click here