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Skateboarding helps transform a life in Albany's South End

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Created: July 16, 2020 07:25 PM

Growing up being called the "weird girl" was pretty common for Chantelleigh Graham.

"I always knew that people didn't necessarily, like, vibe with me ‘cause I liked the ‘boy things.'" Video games was a boy thing and I still love that," said Graham.

Then she took up skateboarding and even remembers buying her first one.

She was quite the oddity gliding through her South Albany neighborhood

Can a girl on a board really be legit? Some boys didn't think so, but she was not having any of it.

Also, unbeknownst to her, what all the flipping, spinning, jumping and falling was doing was setting her up for some even bigger bumps down the road. Skateboarding was teaching her how to get back up.

Learn about how she overcame some of the challenges in life by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

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