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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

195 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Georgiana B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The High Fives Foundation has single handedly built a community of individuals that have helped redefine what it means to live life with a spinal cord injury. As a college student with an SCI, I can 1000% say that High Fives reminds me daily that I am capable of so much more than the barriers I let myself believe are ahead of me! Because of this organization I have been able to enjoy my time in the outdoors with adaptive sports and have sponsorship to achieve my rehab goals. Having an SCI is a marathon, not a sprint, but High Fives makes the marathon truly enjoyable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing my leg in Iraq , high five is helping me get the cycle
I need to stay and have a edge in para sports ..

Ajay S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

BIG shoutout to High Fives Foundation for enabling me to continue therapy after a diving injury in 2018 rendered me a C5 quadriplegic. So blessed to be involved with such an incredible organization and proud to call myself a High Fives athlete!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Nolan Ryan Trowe. I had a spinal cord injury back in 2016, that left me with severe paraparesis in my legs. Throughout my recovery, which will be life-long, High Fives has been there quite literally every step of the way, from my first unassisted steps in the CRJ HEaling Center, to the first time I was able to ride a bike that they funded me through a grant. High Fives is more than an organization, they're my community. CRJ Healing Center is a second home. I've always had their support from the inpatient rehab hospital, to grad school and beyond. They've helped me regain my confidence to excel in any situation. Now with a grant they've funded for an EBIKE I can explore the world in an entirely new fashion. High Fives continues to open doors for me, even years after my initial injury. In the spirit of CR Johnson and High Fives, it really is One Love.

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives Foundation has generously provided funding for me to purchase a full-suspension handcyle. I look forward to getting back out into nature on a smooth ride. Adaptive sports are expensive; High Fives understands this and is helping disabled athletes get back to the places and activities that we love. Many thanks!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I feel very fortunate to have the high fives foundation helping me on the road to recovery, I will not be moving forward if it wasn't for their help!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives is an incredible organization. They offered me moral and financial support after I broke my back skiing in Tahoe, and have been a wonderful resource during my recovery.

1 Jean-Paul L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being in Montana you have to be self sufficient, but everyone needs help being paraplegic. The HIGH FIVES FOUNDATION is the best supporter here in Montana! With their help I've been able to negotiate the first disabled ski pass at Big Sky, and ski every weekend! Additionally, no disabled scuba dive non-profits will help us in Montana, but the HIGH FIVES FOUNDATION did!

With the help, I will sit ski Big Sky again this year! and scuba dive and adaptive surf Maui in May 2020!

HIGH FIVES is a great group, well organized, and an inspiration! Thank you!

JP
Bozeman, Montana

Steven J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The High Fives is an amazing non profit organization that has always been there for me since day 1. They have seriously helped me every year since 2013 in many ways when it comes to grants for bobsledding to taking me on camps to learn new adaptive sports. I have nothing but good things to say about these guys. Much respect!!

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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.

#highFives

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

High Fives has helped myself and many of my close friends in so many ways! Such an amazing foundation.

1 Greg Q.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a disabled and retired Army Ranger. I was injuried in 2012 after being shot and blown up, that resulted in a broken neck and back. I've undergone multiple spinal fusions C and L spine. Adaptive sports have saved my life. High Five Foundation stepped up when I was in need of equipment, so that I can continue to adapt and recover in sports that I love to participate in. I can't thank these guys enough and look forward to everything associated with this great Nonprofit!!!

Margaret S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The High Fives foundation has been a great foundation to work with. They have given me a grant to get an off road hand cycle. I am very excited to have the opportunity to get out in the woods and get cycling!

Candy D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I suffered a T11 Spinal Cord Injury while Downhill Skateboarding. Members of the HighFives Community contacted my fiance to offer support before I was even out of surgery. Since then, the organization has helped me in so many ways; from proving by example that there is both fun and healing to be had after injury, to funding my own recovery and connecting me with the most valuable support system. Through HighFives support and example, I've even made a return to Downhill! My top personal accomplishment was Streetluging at the 2019 World Roller Games in Barcelona as a Team USA athlete! For my sport, I've joined the World Organization for Downhill racing (International Downhill Federation) and have successfully pulled off the FIRST Adpative-Downhill race, as well as confirmed it as a category for the full 2020 World Downhill Championship Tour. Without HighFives and the community, I wouldn't have known (and gone for) my potential after injury. Thank you, HighFives!

Bondakai

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives Foundation has been a critical part of my recovery goals since I broke my back skiing five years ago. When I first spoke to Roy Tuscany, the founder, he told me they were going to get me healthy first, then they would get me back on the mountain. Through the support of High Fives, Roy has kept his word and some. High Fives funded countless hours of physical therapy and still do, they took me adaptive surfing and skiing for the first time, and most importantly they introduced me to the High Fives family. You can learn a lot in the hospital but it is nothing in comparison to what you can learn in a single day at a High Fives camp. Being able to connect with like minded peers and learn from them is invaluable. Thank you High Fives Foundation.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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,
-Bond

Client Served

Rating: 5

High fives is one of the most incredible nonprofits out there! The collection of awesome, positive and supportive people creates one of the best communities I’ve ever been a part of. After breaking my neck skiing in February of 2018 Roy Tuscany the founder of High fives came to my bed in ICU and told me that I would be able to get back to skiing and other extreme sports. This year I after applying for one of their grants I was approved for a grant towards a sit ski! I could not be happier to get back out on the slopes and get back to doing what I love thanks to High fives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives epitomizes the leading edge of support and reintegration of severely injured athletes. After my injury I was determined to once again ski with my wife and children. High Fives not only supported me with grants for equipment and alternative therapy that insurance would not cover but they also run adaptive sporting events for the community. They provide training, support and engagement with other injured athletes with similar interests that cannot be matched. They have taken me downhill skiing and mountain biking. They have created not just a financial charity but a Ohana, or community, of support and camaraderie that drives recovery.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago, after 50 years of downhill skiing, I suffered a devastating accident that I was lucky to survive. High Fives really helped take my recovery above and beyond. They purchased equipment for my house, assisted with costs at an activity based therapy facility that is not yet covered by insurance and really encouraged me to get back out on the slopes. I have spent the last two seasons learning to ski on a mono-ski and am now learning to waterski . I am honored to be a part of their community and am inspired by the other members who are also striving to overcome their disability and get back into outdoor sports.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After hearing about this organization through a case manager and applying for the empowerment grant, I began telling everyone I knew about it and planned on supporting the organization even if I didn't receive the grant (but I am so glad to say I did!). High Fives Foundation's mission of preventing spinal cord and brain injuries and supporting those who unfortunately sustain these injuries is so necessary. I so appreciate their BASICS program, promoting helmet use. As a recipient of the empowerment grant, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to receive more physical therapy sessions than I am allowed via my insurance company, enabling me to progress physically so that I can return to my love of skiing.

Cam L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I endured a spinal chord injury in 2003 and spent many years feeling as if I had lost my identity. I had grown up skiing and many of my fondest memories where made on the ski hill with friends and family. It was not until 2012 that I came across a video showcasing a sit skier named Josh Dueck in the backcountry skiing terrain I never would have thought possible. It was in that moment that I decided I needed to get back to the mountains. Since then I have spent my winters honing my skills and along the way have damaged myself and a fair bit of equipment. High Fives has graciously accepted my application to fund the replacement of the faring on my sit ski, and for this I am incredibly grateful. As a disabled athlete, requiring expensive adaptive equipment can be a real economic hurdle. If it wasn't for this incredible foundation, I may have been out of luck in getting back to the sport I love so much.

Allyson M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The High Fives Foundation has given me back part of my identity through providing access to adaptive sports. Through the High Fives Foundation I was able to learn how to monoski and get back to the mountain after I broke my back at Keystone A51 in a snowboarding accident. The High Fives Community is a top notch and closely knit group of individuals who truly care about improving the comprehensive quality of life after folks have suffered a traumatic life changing event. Love this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the first few months after my SCI it seems that your past life is over and returning to your outdoor hobbies is nothing more than a dream. After learning about High Fives Foundation it becomes obvious that it is nothing more than a temporary setback. The support and opportunity that they provide allows people to get the stoke back in their life!