Graham has been assisting youngsters in the area for many years with probably his major accomplishment being the co-founder with the late Dan Feather of the Chautauqua Striders Summer Track & Field Development Program. The Chautauqua Striders were formed in 1979. The idea of the Chautauqua Striders program was to help young people reach their potential both on the track and in the classroom with the slogan being "Champions On and Off the Field".
Graham was the Striders executive director-coach from 1979-1990 and during that span had several athletes earn NCAA Division I scholarships and others went on to compete in Division II and Division III. One of those athletes that earned a Division I scholarship was Karen Bakewell, also a JHS graduate, who went on to earn NCAA Division I All-American honors at Miami of Ohio in the 800 meters.
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