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High Fives Non-Profit Foundation

Rating: 4.99 stars   86 reviews 1,041


10775 Pioneer Trail Suite #108 Truckee CA 96161 USA


High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.


To date 42 athletes have been assisted by the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation - Winter Empowerment Fund.

Target demographics:

Athletes that suffer a life-altering injury while pursuing a dream in the winter action sports.

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Geographic areas served:

United States


Winter Empowerment Fund, CR Johnson Healing Center and B.A.S.I.C.S. are the three Program Services of the High Fives Foundation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for High Fives for over a year now. It is truly amazing to see the direct impact they have on our community here in Tahoe, and also across the nation. Be able to help our and getting to see first hand the stories of High Fives athletes has been life changing for myself. So glad to know that High Fives is there for the mountain action sports community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

High Fives responded immediately after my brother submitted a grant application to the foundation 3 years ago. He reached out in hopes of finding a way to overcome his spinal cord injury that initially left him bed ridden with limited movement and feeling below his waist.
High Fives helped Max with additional rehabilitation options, physical training, and equipment that wasn't covered by our insurance plan which was amazing. In addition to the financial support he's received a ton of moral support from a group of athletes, coaches, volunteers, and donors that have helped him regain his ability to walk, snowboard, bike, and do many of the things that he did before his accident. Since his injury he's also learned how to surf through the High Five's Surf program with other adaptive athletes. High Fives makes life great again for all of the athletes they work with and it touches all of the people around them in a special way that's hard to explain. Attached is a photo of Max in Japan.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a ski accident that left me a C6 quadriplegic on April 5th, 2015. The Highfives Foundation has provided nonstop mental, physical, & financial support every step of the way. We are incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing foundation backing us!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had a working relationship with Roy Tuscany since his injury in 2006 and been fortunate enough to work with a large amount of athletes that have come through the program since 2009. But on Wednesday July 6, 2016, I had an experience that brought so much reward to all that I have been able to do with and for the High Fives Foundation. At the end of Jason Abraham's* session, he told me that he wanted to try something and not help him up as I usually do. I lowered the table and staged his chair in the usual place. Then he began new movements that I haven't seen him do. Next thing I know he was getting himself up on his elbows, then on his hands and then he sat himself all the way up, moved his legs off the table and transferred to his chair all without my help. That right there was one of the biggest rewards for doing what I do.

Thank you Jason and the High Fives Foundation for making my heart smile.

-Karen Stubbs LMT

*For Jason Abraham's story follow this link (https://highfivesfoundation.org/jason-abraham/)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with High Fives Foundation for over 4 years now and have scene how my support and donations have helped those athletes in need. The Executive Director Roy Tuscany is a man with a vision. After suffering a traumatic injury himself, he had the idea of how he could raise money through the endemic snow industry to help those athletes like himself who have suffered traumatic injury's. His own experience (that was life altering) inspired Mr Tuscany to do something great. Through education and awareness, High Fives Foundation has not only helped those athletes in need of financial support during there recovery but also have developed education programs to support the snow resorts with programs like #helmetsarecool and #knowyourpark. These programs have helped educate snow enthusiasts that are working at major snow resorts of the risks involved in skiing and snowboarding. Having some sense and education about park and mountain safety can not only prevent a traumatic injury but it could save your life. This new school approach to skier and snowboarder safety is a one of a kind program that helps reduce the number of injury's by Resort employees and snow enthusiast's alike. Truly an amazing Foundation that uses the donations as a way to educate and help those whom have been injured with cash grants towards recovery. The foundation also owns and operates the CR Johnson Healing Center in Truckee, California where athletes can go to do therapy and get support from specialists. If you want to help and have fun doing it than you can simply attend one of the many events that the Foundation puts on or go to www.highfivesfoundation.org to make a donation and learn more about the upcoming events.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazing group of people! I've been working with them for about a year now and it is great to see how many people they have helped and what a difference it makes. I look forward to working with them as much as possible in the future. High Five!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hi5s has been a pivotal part of my recovery. The first time I spoke to Roy and Steve they told me, "year 1 we are going to focus on getting you healthy, year two we will focus on getting you back on the mountain". Up until that moment getting back on the mountain didn't even seem like on option. Now its all I think about and Hi5s has given me the resources I need to get back out there.

Thanks High Fives,

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Rating: 5 stars  

High fives has changed my life for the better. They brought my passion back into my life by enabling me to begin sit skiing. How? They flew me out west all the way from MI and connected me with Disabled Sports west. They've awarded me bodywork which has extremely improved my quality of life. Thanks Steve and Roy!

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Rating: 5 stars  

High Fives is an amazing and extremely vital organization for the SCI community. The staff is so positive and energetic that their message quickly becomes contagious. After my spinal cord injury it was so important to see other SCI survivors living full and satisfying lives. High Fives showed me examples of athletes not just surviving, but thriving and overcoming their injuries every day. The organization also connected me to those people personally and funded a large portion of my physical therapy costs so that I too could reach my goals. They are not just staff, but fellow athletes, friends and shining examples of how to grab life by the horns. High Five!

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Rating: 4 stars  

Best way to explain this foundation is, STOKE FACTORY!

My life and my families life has been positively transformed by the HIGHfivesFoundation's healing network. Through grants, camps and the CR Johnson healing centre I have been exposed to the right people and the right time, to make my recovery from spinal cord injury and HUGE success. I am eternally grateful for the work these amazing people do.

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