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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E460-E461]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                      MCCULLOUGH AND FRED CRAWFORD


                         HON. CHARLES B. RANGEL

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, March 11, 2011

  Mr. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to join the Children of the 
Founders in recognition of National Each One, Teach One's 44 Years of 
Service and to celebrate the 70th Birthdays of its Founding Fathers, 
Bob McCullough and Fred Crawford.
  The National Association of Each One, Teach One, Inc.--``Where 
Knowledge is Power,'' is a non-profit (501c3) youth developmental & 
mentoring program, which uses sports as a vehicle to motivate 
youngsters to pursue higher education and explore various careers. They 
conduct college tours; provide guest speakers from public, private and 
the entertainment sectors, while fostering self respect, community 
awareness and self empowerment.
  ``Each One, Teach One,'' was a motto coined by Holcombe Rucker, who 
organized basketball tournaments as way to help keep kids off the 
street and out of trouble through life lessons. Born and raised in 
Harlem, Holcombe Rucker played guard at Benjamin Franklin High School 
in East Harlem before dropping out to serve in the United States Army 
during World War II. Upon his discharged from the Army, Rucker earned 
his General Equivalency High School Diploma and was hired as a 
Playground Director in Harlem for the New York City Department of 
  The Playgrounds and Parks would double-up as his office and meeting 
place, where people, whether they liked basketball or not, would come 
to Rucker for advice and words of wisdom. The word was that he spent 
more than half his day--thirteen to fifteen hours--at the park, 
beginning around 8:30 am. He even ate dinner there, which consisted of 
his favorite meal--Chinese food, vegetables with rice and brown gravy 
and was followed by a cup of coffee and a cigarette.
  In 1962, Rucker would prove the importance of education and enrolled 
at the City College of New York, CCNY. While taking night classes, 
Holcombe took his work ethic and thirst for education and completed a 
four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in only three years. He used the 
degree to teach English at Junior High School 139 in Harlem. In 1965, 
Holcombe Rucker passed due to cancer complications at the young age of 
38 years old. Before he died, Rucker would set the standard for years 
to come.
  Over the years, Holcombe Rucker would help youth to obtain over 700 

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athletic scholarships. Bob McCullough and Fred Crawford are two of the 
many prodigies and leaders, touched by Holcombe Rucker, and most 
important cats in New York basketball history. In 1967, under the 
guidance and vision of the legendary New York City Parks Department 
Playground Director, Coach and Mentor, Bob McCullough and Fred Crawford 
developed, The Each One, Teach One Basketball Program, where NBA 
Legends, Nate ``Tiny'' Archibald and Dean ``The Dream'' Meminger served 
as the program's first counselors. Bob and Fred also served as the 
Commissioners of the Holcombe Rucker Park Tournament and League.
  Bob McCullough played basketball for Benedict College in South 
Carolina from 1962-65. He is considered one of the all-time greatest 
basketball players in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 
He was recruited by Coach John E. Brown and scored 2,135 points for a 
28.4 career average during his three years with the Tigers. As a 
freshman in 1961-62, Bob canned 54, 56, and 64 points in exhibition 
games. In 1963-64, he was the star of Benedict's national scoring 
championship basketball team that averaged 101.2 points per game. In 
1964-65, he was the second leading scorer in the nation averaging 36.4 
points per game. He netted over 45 points on four occasions, 49 points 
twice and a single career high of 51 points against the South Carolina 
State Bulldogs. Bob was inducted into the Benedict College Athletic 
Hall of Fame in 2004.
  McCullough was the first black athlete to be selected for the All-
Southern Textile Basketball All-Star Team in Greenville, SC. He was 
named to the All-American Honorable Mention team by sportswriters for 
United Press International and Converse Magazine in 1965, and was 
offered a contract by the Harlem Globetrotters. Bob was drafted by the 
Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association, and was 
dropped from the Royals when All-Star guard Oscar ``Big O'' Robinson 
renewed his contract. In 1967, Bob played with the New Jersey Asbury 
Park Boardwalkers in the Eastern Professional Basketball League, now 
known as the CBA. He averaged 22 points and five assists per game and 
was selected to the All-Rookie Team. McCullough earned a Master of 
Science degree from Lehman College and studied additionally at New York 
University, Cornell University and Hunter College.
  Fred ``Freddie'' Crawford was a 1st team, All-City player at Samuel 
Gompers High School in the Bronx and played basketball for St. 
Bonaventure University, from 1960-64. In 1961, during St. Bonaventure's 
first venture into the NCAA tournament, sophomore Fred Crawford scored 
614 points and led the Bonnies to their first NCAA Tournament in school 
history. Crawford continued his torrid scoring pace in his junior and 
senior seasons. He averaged 19.7 points per game during his junior 
campaign, scoring 492 points. In his senior season, he scored 631 
points, earning All-East honors. Crawford also averaged 10.3 rebounds 
per game for his career. He was inducted into St. Bonaventure 
University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970.
  Forward Freddie Crawford was selected number one in the fourth round 
of the NBA Draft by the New York Knicks in 1964 and spent five years in 
the league. Crawford had his best season in the NBA in 1968 with the 
Lakers when he averaged 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per 
game in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. A team that featured 
West Virginia's Jerry West, Keith Ericson, Providence's Johnny Egan, 
Saint Joseph's Cliff Anderson, USC's Bill Hewitt, Seattle University's 
Elgin Baylor, Oregon State's Jay Carty, UCLA's Keith Erickson, Notre 
Dame's Tom Hawkins, Oregon State's Mel Counts and Kansas University's 
Wilt ``The Stilt'' Chamberlain. During his stellar NBA career, Freddie 
Crawford, has also played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Golden State 
Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks.
  The impact that Bob McCullough and Freddie Crawford have made, on 
young men and women, on and off the court through the Each One, Teach 
One Basketball Program, has averted generations of young people from 
falling into illegal activity on the streets, by promoting education, 
discipline, drug prevention and mentoring.
  Former Each-One Teach One Counselors were, NBA legends Julius Erving, 
Emmitt Bryant, Connie Hawkins, Mike Bantom, Willis Reed, Wilt 
Chamberlain, Dave Stallworth, Hawthorne Wingo, Butch Lee, Steve 
Sheppard, Arnold Duggar, Larry McNeil, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Charlie 
Scott, Jo Jo White, Joe Bostic, Bill Bradley, Hubie Brown, Al McGuire, 
Mel Davis, Joe Dupree and St. John University's outstanding Hall of 
Fame college coach, Luigi P. (Lou) Carnesecca, to name just a few.
  Today the program is run through SCAN/El Faro Beacon Center in East 
Harlem, where we celebrate the National Each One, Teach One's 44 years 
of service. Please join me in saluting my good friends Bob McCullough 
and Freddie Crawford as we celebrate their 70th Birthdays.