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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: Mission - The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Vision - The High Fives Foundation is the safety net of the mountain action sports community.

Results: To date 125 athletes have been assisted by the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation - Empowerment Fund.

Target demographics: Athletes that suffer a life-altering injury while pursuing a dream in a mountain action sport.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 plus

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Empowerment Fund, CR Johnson Healing Center, B.A.S.I.C.S., Healing Network, and Military to the Mountains are the five Program Services of the High Fives Foundation.

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives has thoroughly changed my life. Enabled me to return to the mountains after my spinal cord injury and they all work SOOOO hard. Staying late at the office is VERY regular for everyone invovled.

Dan_96

Client Served

Rating: 5

On January 27 2016 after I had made my way out to the west coast after graduation I had a serious snowboard accident, and lost my ability to walk. Finding out the most likely path to recovery was through organizations that can't be covered by insurance was huge. High Fives is dedicated to trying to get people like me back onto the mountain and into the snow. Everyone who I have spoken to with the company (and especially Steve Wallace) have been super relaxed, helpful, and give me hope. Because of High Five's generosity I've been able to focus on my recovery without distraction. This small detail has proven to make a big difference in my recovery. I owe so much to this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three months ago I suffered a L-2 vertebrae burst fracture. At that moment I thought I would never walk again. High Fives took me in after I was released from the hospital in Santa Clara and immediately helped me with my recovery. With the help of The High Fives Foundation I'm on track to getting my life back, and getting back on my feet.. The humans at High Fives are great, from the trainers, to the office staff, and the founders. I honestly, don't know where I'd be if I wasn't going to High Fives. The people at High Fives have constantly pushed me in all the right ways to help me recover. I am blessed to be part of such a great organization, and it's very hard to put all of what they've done for me in a review. I could go on for pages about how great High Fives is, but perhaps I'll save that for another day. My name is Nolan Trowe, I am a High Fives athlete, and I believe High Fives is the best thing that could have ever happened to me post injury. One Love.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The HIgh Fives Foundation is unique in that it focuses on injured mountain athletes. Athletes searching for ways to advance their recovery from traumatic injury, and perhaps even return to competition, usually face significant obstacles of access and funding to pursue therapies and return to athletic activities. Since becoming a C4 incomplete quadriplegic 4 years ago; spending the first two of those battling pressure wounds, infections and pneumonias, I'm now about two years deep slowly building strength and new motor function. I'm finally at the point where I can really push myself physically and my recovery continues to gain momentum and renew innervation to body parts that were paralyzed until recently. The High Fives Foundation has helped me boost my recovery by creating access to the best technology available for me to rebuild and regain my upper body. Access is the most important factor in my ability to recover the use of my body, and I am so very thankful high fives has helped create such access. I'm also humbled and excited to be included in a group of like-minded athletes with such positive and gold directed outlooks on life. As a father and an athlete with a hunger for the hills, I'm very much looking forward to spending more time with my family, good friends, and hopefully fellow High Fives athletes in the mountains!
-Adam Lavender

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

High Fives not only continues athletes dreams after life altering accidents but they continue to do so much for our small town of Truckee, CA. Love them love what they do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with High Fives for a very long time. Thankfully, not as a grant recipient, but as a sponsor, friend of recipients and avid skier. High Fives stresses positivity in every interaction. Their dedication to helping people regain their sense of self is unmatched. The good they have done in the world will leave longlasting impressions on everyone they touch.

sallyfranck

Client Served

Rating: 5

After suffering a traumatic brain injury while backcountry skiing, the High Fives Foundation has supported, well, everything. After my injury, they funded a brain training course, a personal trainer, and acupuncture. Last summer, three years out from my accident, they supported my desire to stay near Truckee to have balance training from their own personal trainer/physical therapist. I couldn't thank them enough for all the support they've offered me after my injury.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

High Gives has been a great organization in my recovery. There were many things I wanted/needed to do, and they helped fund them so I could make them possible. I don't think I would be where I am in my healing if it wasn't for them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

High Fives Foundation has given injured athletes the opportunity to get back into the sports they love.Though it may be in a different capacity, the joy it brings is incredible and amazing to watch. Roy and all the people involved have such a passion and commitment to this mission. Thank you for helping to make dreams a realty.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I suffered a traumatic brain injury while snowboarding. High Fives has been helping me with my ongoing journey to live my life as independently as I can. They were so instrumental in supporting my rehab so I can walk short distances on my own and get around just using one cane. They purchased an all season all terrain wheelchair so I can enjoy the outdoors all year round. High Fives has given me the tools to look at life in such a positive way. Love you High Fives.

Megan94

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an injured athlete I can only begin to describe how the High Fives Foundation has helped me. They helped me get ready to go home from the rehab hospital after a spinal cord injury. They helped me pay for rehab sessions, what has gotten me more of my life back than I thought possible. They created a community of friends and family that have encouraged me along the way, that I look to for support and inspiration. They have gotten me back on the trail/road/water doing what I love. By supporting High Fibes you support injured athletes around the country that need a little help.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives has been easy to work with and extremely supportive. After breaking my back and suffering paralysis of my legs, the Hive Fives Foundation provided funding to help me get home after extensive hospitalization and rehabilitation, to be able to continue my recovery and get intensive therapies to maximize my recovery, and to get me out doing the things I love in my community. They have been sharing my story and the story of other athletes with spinal cord injuries, so that we can inspire each other to keep going and know that we can get back to doing the things we love.