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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: Mission - The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of outdoor 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 outdoor action sports community.

Results: To date 206 athletes have been assisted by the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation - Empowerment Fund, from 31 different states.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200

Geographic areas served: United States

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

Community Stories

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Quinn B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wouldn't have returned to playing in the mountains without High Fives. They created a community, they helped motivate, and they help financially with all sorts of things related to body care, mental care, and movement again!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with this nonprofit organization has been phenomenal. They have helped me through my recovery by providing me with proper equitment to improve my strength and with emotional support that I have received from all the high fives members and other high fives athletes. High fives is one big family that I am proud to be apart of.

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives brings knowledge, energy, and positivity to the adaptive athlete community. The managers and volunteers at High Fives are always looking for ways to bring more life into this special community. They are straightforward, kind humans who share their stories openly and honestly so that others can gain confidence and acceptance with their "new normal". The support of High Fives provided me with valuable physical therapy sessions, but more importantly, the examples set by their athletes and members continue to inspire me to keep moving forward in life and recovery from spinal cord injury.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Tanelle B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives Foundation has stepped beyond themselves by helping Canadian athletes and other international athletes in an effort to grow the community of para-athletics and competition. The High Fives' tribe of athletic individuals is an incredible network of like minded people who were hurt in circumstances that leave them untouched by insurance and support after injury. Their support network has helped me both mentally and physically cope with life after spinal cord injury.

sallyfranck

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives has supported me ever since the day of my accident, and they continue to financially and emotionally support ever thing I go through!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I had my ski accident five years ago, a friend recommended High Fives Foundation to my parents. We were blown away by the financial contributions they were willing to make in order to help me recover even more at the point. A couple years ago, they funded a trip for me and my mother (from Colorado Springs to Truckee, CA) to receive specialized physical therapy from one of their master trainers. I know that now, if I struggle with anything related to my accident, they will support me and answer any question I have. I can't imagine how difficult the emotional and financial struggles would be for me if I didn't have the High Fives Foundation.

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Keenan W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since my spinal cord injury, High Fives has been there to provide support. Being able to attend the CR Johnson healing center has been an incredible experience. Camps that high fives runs have been the best experiences since my skiing accident. I have gone adaptive mountain biking and surfing. I wouldn’t have been able to do these trips without high fives.

ljkskater

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives has been absolutely fundamental in my life for the past 5 years or so.
They first got me back into skiing, then introduced me to other awesome sports, and have reinvigorated my passion for life in so many ways.
Not to mention the amazing help they've given through recovery from injuries, medical and holistic connections in the Reno/Tahoe area. I don't even want to think about where I'd be without High Fives. They are an amazing resource for anyone in a wheelchair, and especially to wheelchair athletes.
The perspective I've gained from the people in the High Fives organization and the events/people they are peripherally involved with has been groundbreaking. From being clinically depressed and not even knowing it when I first moved here, to now, it's a massive shift in my reality and my day to day. I couldn't be more happy or impressed with the work they are doing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives helped me tremendously after breaking my back in 2010. with the Help of this great organization, I was able to purchase a handcycle. the Foundation has also helped open up connections to allow me to use my sitski in a lot of cool locations.

I volunteer with the group as much as I can when I travel and promoting their B.A.S.I.C.S. program when I'm at home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I crashed at a ski competition and went into a coma. They helped be receive the healing I needed beyond what insurance would cover like massage, supplements and yoga. They also helped me pay for emotional therapy which has helped me out tremendously and made the next chapter of my life.

shizazaraz

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can't say enough about High Fives. As a person recovering from a life-changing spinal cord injury this organization has been just as important to my recovery and health as my actual doctors. They provide financial support, advice, opportunities to go on trips, encouragement and most importantly a community and network of friends that have your back no matter what. Couldn't ask for a better nonprofit organization to be associated with and always look forward to seeing and hearing from High Fives. They're changing the world for the better!

Maxwell_elles

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2012 I broke my back snowboarding and was left completely paralyzed. High fives has provided me the resources to make nearly a full recovery.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives has given me the opportunity to meet like minded people, travel to new places, and do some really awesome things. I've learned how to surf and relearned how to walk. High Fives created peace of mind and has become an avenue of adventure!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago I was involved in an accident that broke several vertebra and left me paralyzed. High Fives Foundation first helped by guiding me towards medical treatments and care that best suited my specific situation. After I was released from the hospital, High Fives Foundation stepped in to cover the cost of therapy treatments that my insurance did not cover. As my recovery slowed, the organization's role in my life shifted again. They organize adaptive sports trips and I was invited to participate in two of them. The sense of community and the chance to experience the world in athletic and playful ways are invaluable to me and the many others they support. This spine injury has effected every aspect of my life and l'm grateful for High Fives Foundation for helping me to rebuild a life I feel proud of

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives is an incredible organization that has an unmatched culture. They really consider their grantees as family and constantly staying in touch with the community they serve. I've personally been positively affected by High Fives and was granted the cost of a very expensive ski rig. What I love about High Fives is that they follow up with their participants and want to offer resources to help them succeed. I also admire that they have a system in place to follow up and provide accountability and motivation to continue athletic pursuits. HIGH FIVES SETS THE STANDARD!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would probably be sad and most definitely fat if it wasn’t for High Fives!

In 2011, at 17 years old I broke my back and began riding a wheelchair. High Fives swooped in, got me back on the slopes, ripping the waves, and crushing the gym. These things would never have happened without their passion to see all people living their fullest life.

I have now traveled to multiple continents including Africa, I became the first paraplegic EMT, and have some friends for LIFE.

Grateful does not even come close to how I feel about this team.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I sustained a spinal cord injury after a snowboarding accident 5 1/2 years ago. High Fives foundation paid for six months of therapy as well as brought me back to the mountain for the first time! They are great organization that changes the lives of so many people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Back in January of 2013 I was snowboarding at a friends house building jumps and making rails. I took off after one of the jumps. I was trying to do a flip trick that I have done in the past many times. I used to be a snowboard instructor and also competed in local terrain park competitions. The jump gave out and I landed awkwardly on my neck. I broke my c6 vertebrae leaving me paralyzed with a spinal cord injury from the chest down. To this day I still have to use a battery powered wheelchair. High5 sent me a generous donation only days after my accident which far exceeded expectation. I have gotten to know some of the people in the organization and can say that they are heading in the right direction by helping others. Awesome organization. Thanks!

Jason110

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jason and I'm a C-4/5 quadriplegic. I was injured a little over 4 years ago. The High Fives Foundation has been an AMAZING support tool and family for me and my family! I've been granted countless workout sessions with the trainers; massage sessions; and even acupuncture sessions. High Fives strides to help as many athletes as possible in their own journeys of recovery! This is a stand out organization that deserves recognition!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The High Fives Foundation has made a tremendous impact in my life. You are surrounded by positive energy from the moment you enter the CR Johnson healing center. I've been working directly with the personal trainers, Chris and Jack, and have seen progression in my rehabilitation. Also, being an athlete, High Fives Foundation has supported me financially through grants. My hat goes off to Roy and Steve and the rest of the team. They are making positive changes in so many lives and I couldn't be more thankful.

Lawrence G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The love for not only their athletes but all people they come in contact with is unmatched!! This is the most actively engaged non-profit I’ve ever had the privilege of participating in, they do anything and everything they can to help their athletes succeed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be the person I am today without the help, love, and support of High Fives Foundation and I mean that with every inch of my heart. They were the first to jump in when I got injured and made me feel like I would never be alone in my new, traumatic, and life changing situation. They gave me the strength, positivity, and insight to get back into the activities that I loved prior to my injury and helped me acquire the equipment I needed to continue to pursue my passions. They’re so much more than a non profit granting athletes opportunities like extended physical therapy, adaptive equipment, or medical related needs, they have become my family over the last three years. I turn to them when I need advice, want to chat something out that I’m feeling about my injury, and even to share good news about my personal life! The foundation itself as well as the network of amazing athletes they’ve supported are the first to congratulate me when I do something awesome (like get back on two wheels after a mountain bike crash)! They are so motivating and full of love and I truly believe they are the reason I’m as happy and positive as I am today despite a horrible injury.

Scott W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The High Fives Foundation has played an integral part in my post injury life. At 23 I broke my back while skiing and was paralyzed from the waist down. Many of the sports and activities that I loved such as skiing, hiking, biking (to name a few) seemed out of reach for me.

The High Fives network helped to show me that I could still pursue and enjoy the active hobbies that are part of my identity. I was recently awarded a grant from High Fives that helped me to afford an off-road handcycle mountain bike. It is such a game changer for me because I am no longer forced to live by the confines of my wheelchair when I hike or fish or just enjoy life outside. 5 stars all day for this superb foundation and their incredible staff!

Steven J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The High Fives Foundation has been there for more since day 1. They have helped me overcome obstacles and have help me reach my goals. I’ve had the opportunity to learn new sports with this amazing foundation, it has not only made me stronger as a person but also helped me get over certain fears. I have nothing but good things to say about this foundation. They have been through my struggles and know where I’m coming from.

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