Latham Skatepark has big impact on community

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Fabio Camara’s heritage told him he was supposed to be a soccer player.

Although he was born in Brazil, his father moved the family to the US when Fabio was young … so, by the time they moved back to Brazil, when Fabio was a teenager, he met all the kids who grew up playing soccer every waking moment they had free.

“I was not that kid,” Fabio says with a chuckle.

But he was an athlete so when his father bought him a high-end skateboard, he was hooked.

“You start by just being scared out of your mind to be on the board,” Fabio says of his early skating days. “And then you start by trying something that’s simple and, when you land it, that feeling is addictive. Because you’ve tried so hard to accomplish something and it’s not easy.”

He was good enough to become a professional and now that he lives back in the states as a professional photographer, he skates when he can – at the park he helped get built.

For six years, Fabio and some fellow skaters urged the City of Greensboro to build a serious skateboarding park.