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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 160 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 a mountain action sport.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 75 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 Mountain are the five Program Services of the High Fives Foundation.

Community Stories

125 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured a year ago with a severe shattering of my lumbar and thoracic spine. I broke all of my limbs and was going through surgeries all year. A family friend told us about High Fives and their amazing support community.
I was inspired just to realize there was a community of athletes that no matter the circumstances are still stoked to be in the mountains. I was granted assistance for PT to help my body learn to walk and do normal life tasks.
Without High Fives I would not be gaining the same independence! I cannot say how grateful I am for receiving help!

Client Served

Rating: 5

In spring 2013, i suffered a career-ending crash competing in freestyle skiing at Big Bear Mountain, California. I was a broke college student, hoping to win money and sponsor recognition competing, had no family for 2,000 miles, and was airflighted off the mtn to a hospital for 2 weeks with a broken back and pelvis that had snapped in half.

Upon returning home, i was lost. I had no idea how i was going to pay my rent or how to get proper PT treatment.. I thought i would have to fly to new york and fail my final semester of school and walk with crutches the rest of my life.

In the midst of this terrible incident, i did somehow gain what i wanted - a sponsor, ironically. The High Fives Foundation provided me with monetary support and endless emotional support to help me get back on my feet, and successfully pursue my ski career. Since then, i've launched my own Pro model line with J skis, traveled the world for skiing, and even began my own ski touring product company ( Daymaker Touring). You can view my story with high fives here https://vimeo.com/78219237

Thank you High Fives!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have an L1 fracture and use a wheelchair. After my accident, it felt my life was over. Everything I loved was taken away from me. I know this sounds dramatic, but I couldn't imagine living without access to the wilderness and mountains. I learned about High Fives through an internet search. Their website immediately filled me with stoke. It was amazing to watch adaptive athletes like me skiing, surfing, mountain biking, fishing and having a really good time. High Fives supported me financially for two years after my injury: covering expensive pilates-based physical therapy and equipment costs. Thanks to High Fives, I've made huge gains in my recovery, and can walk with crutches and braces for short distances. I also got strong enough to do triathlons. Recently, High Fives invited me on a surf trip with seven other adaptive athletes. It was an amazing experience. High Fives creates the excitement, the community, and the support athletes need after a traumatic, life-changing injury like a spinal cord fracture.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After completing outpatient therapy last year I was still looking for something to help further my recovery as well as get me back into outdoor sports,particularly skiing, with my family. High Fives funded a glider for my home and therapy at Project Walk. My recovery is progressing way beyond the expectations of conventional therapy programs and I was back out on the slopes with my family this winter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meeting some of the High Fives Team two years ago sparked my interest in the foundation. Since then, seeing all that the foundation does for not only the big mountain sports community, but for disabled veterans, Truckee-Tahoe community members, and it's employees I couldn't help but share my stoke for the foundation. This summer the foundation has been gracious enough to share their knowledge about SCI injuries and running a non-profit, by allowing me to volunteer as an intern and it has by far been the most amazing experience of my life. I cannot put into words the positivity and down to earth vibe this foundation has, but it's AMAZING!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

High Fives contagious positive energy and desire to impact the community of people with disabilities is unparalleled. They are at the forefront of contributing to such a community by sponsoring people, events, and programs that might not get the same attention otherwise. Plus high fives are free and frequent!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group of individuals has literally changed the life of so many, now bringing athletes to surf has really showed the power of this group.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our son had a skier vs tree accident 2 1/2 years ago, and a resulting spinal cord injury left him paraplegic. High Fives not only has provided funding for PT to help our son physically, but they've provided emotional support by recognizing him as an athlete. Not a former athlete nor someone who's disabled, but a kickass adaptive skier who achieves his goals and skis much better than his mother. I have no words to describe what High Fives means to our family, but I will help in any way possible to further their mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The High Fives Foundation is a unique and powerful nonprofit that initially inspired me to volunteer after I experienced the positive impact the organization had on our local community. By supporting and inspiring those working to overcome serious injury, High Fives has had an incredibly intense effect on the lives of everyone that comes in contact with the team. Every person the foundation has helped is empowered to overcome extreme personal challenges, which is a phenomenal feat.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After I was injured 2.5 years ago, High Fives has continually supported my recovery. They have not only helped me by covering the cost of therapy sessions directly aimed at helping me get stronger, but they have created a community of people that I have continually learn from, share experiences with, and cheer on. Such a valuable organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

About 8 years ago i broke my C5, C6 & C7 vertebrae while front flipping on my snowboard. Prior to coming into contact with the High Fives Foundation i was pretty active in the adaptive sports community but i was having countless surgeries due to medical complications, over time i started to see my endurance decrease which made it difficult to engage in a lot of physical activity. So about 2 years ago i reached out to High Five and told them my story and my situation and with open arms they helped me tremendously. I received weights and a stationary arm exercise machine along with a badass Top End XLT hand cycle. Thank you guys so much for helping me along my recovery process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Im a C7 Quadriplegic and the HighFives foundation provided me with exercise equipment so i could pursue my winter skiing goals. They're an amazing foundation and i can't thank them enough.

sallyfranck

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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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 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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.