I lost a ski my first turn after dropping in at the light towers at Squaw Valley. I tumbled down the cliffs and slid to the bottom. I broke c3 and c4 in my neck, broke the head of my humerus off, ripped my rotator cuff off, and had a traumatic brain injury. I was airlifted to Reno and woke up three days later. At the time I was completely lost. I had a few friends mention that I should contact Hi Fives for help. I contacted Roy Tuscany at Hi Fives and help was what I got. Roy welcomed me like family and told me that he wanted to ski with me when my rehab was finished. It meant a lot to me in a hard time. Hi Fives helped me with my physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture. Kaila Cruttendon, the acupuncturist and Karen Stubbs, the massage therapist were instrumental in relieving pain and opening pathways that were blocked by injury and stress. Not to mention they are both great listeners, which I really needed. Rich Bozzio,my physical therapist got me my motion back and taught me the exercises to get strong again. He great at his job. I don't know what I would have done without the support system provided by this foundation. I have made a full recovery! Thank you Hi Fives. Steve Kaagan
I compressed L1,L2,L3,L4,T11and burst T12 vertebras in 2012 filming Alpine Assassins snowmobile movie in the back co of Wy. I was in the darkest time of my life when Roy Tuscany called me to invite me to be a High Fives winter empowerment athlete. Not only did High Fives help me financially but to have the support of other athletes and people that had gone through the same things I was going through was amazing. What High Fives did for me mentally was beyond any words I can think of. With there positivity and support I knew I was going to overcome this and get back to what I so loved. Thanks High Fives for being who you are, doing what you do, and for spreading the stoke you spread.
I Love You all,
High Fives Athlete
I broke my back snowboarding Feb. 26, 2013 @ Sierra Tahoe Resort going off a jump. I fell 25ft. On my back an broke 3 of my vertebrae.I am a T9-10 incomplete an now in a chair. I soon heard of High Fives Foundation. I have heard nothing but great things about this foundation. Great people an great vibes! They helped me get the rest of the money I needed for my WCMX wheelchair. Now I'm just waiting for it to be built an I can shred again! Thanks HighFives. You guys are awesome.
After breaking my back when I was 13 in a 4 wheeler accident I wasn't sure where to go with my life. But after i was introduced to the highfives foundation. They supplied everything it took to help me move forward not only with my life but my career and helped to make a huge difference. Their positive attitude and kind willingness to help made the biggest difference. Not only was it the support from them that helped. But their authentic caring for what they do and making the difference in others lives. I know they've made a difference in more lives than just Mine.
Hi, I've been donating and volunteering to High Fives since its inception. The foundation is an amazing community of people that come together to support, celebrate, and provide aid to those winter athletes in need. They have really contributed to making Tahoe and even the winter community abroad that much stronger.
High Fives is by far the best non profit I have ever been involved with. The positivity and outreach that come from within the organization is contagious to all that are involved. Whether you are a High Fives' beneficiary, a volunteer, or a participant in one of their many amazing events, it is always uplifting to see firsthand how people's lives are uplifted and changed for the better.
I started working with High FIves this summer. I have never been surrounded by so many great people, i leave everyday with a smile on my face, a full heart and a great story to call home and tell my dad. Every day that I come into work I am truly inspired by the stories I hear and the people I get to know. A goal of mine has always been to carefully celebrate every day of life and the High FIves Foundation has helped me honor that by making the most awesome work environment! I am so incredibly stoked that I have been able to be a part of such a great community, and will continue to be for the rest of my life. I hope that everyone is as inspired as I am by the High Fives Foundations mission. Can't wait to work more with High Fives in the future! Keep rockin' guys, you're awesome!
The High Fives Foundation is an incredible organization that really sets themselves apart from other non-profits in their approach to fundraising, athlete support and most of all the BASICS education and outreach programs. The team is dedicated to making a difference and making sure everyone is having fun the process! Be sure to check out one of their many events (Bocce Tournament, Skinny-Ski-A-thon, Golf Tournament), #KNOWYOURPARK program or follow them on facebook or instagram, etc to see for yourself! I became a board member in 2014 and am honored and excited to support the High Fives Foundation.
I have know High 5's since it was just an idea amongst friends in a note book. To see where this organization is today is nothing short of astounding! They have taken so many negatives and turned them into positives. They make a positive impact everywhere they go and continue to take great steps forward everyday.
I have seen the High Fives Foundation operate both as a recipient as well as an employee, and I am truly honored to be a part such an amazing organization. Following my spinal cord injury in 2008 the High Fives Foundation took me skiing again, and it was an amazing experience to regain that sense of normalcy. Now, as an employee of the organization I am able to really make an impact in people's lives and it is tremendously gratifying. High Fives does amazing things for people, and I am honored to be a part of the Family.
My name is Grant Korgan and I am extending my highest endorsement for the High Fives non-profit foundation. For the past 3 years, the High Fives foundation has empowered, inspired, and financially assisted my journey back from a paralyzing snow sports injury to the freedom and bliss that is simply walking with the assistance of two canes. I have known the High Fives foundation, its management, its board, and many of the High Fives athletes in a variety of capacities over the years. Simply put, the High Fives foundation has both demonstrated and achieved a positive shift not only in the post injury / post heath insurance support network for newly injured winter sports athletes, but they have also unified an otherwise segmented and compartmentalized nation-wide winter sport community to not only band together in an effective effort to positivity impact the lives of the newly injured, but also educate and re-map the social trends of safety practices in the name of injury prevention industry-wide!
Speaking to my background, I am an author, a speaker, and an athlete. It is my passion to continue giving the world my message of "Possibility Through Positivity" via books, professional keynote speaking, and documentary / TV media. I believe, regardless of ability (or perceived disability), we can all come to the awareness that the enduring human spirit within us all can achieve every single thought, desire, and milestone we choose in this life! On March 5th 2010, I overshot a jump while filming a snowmobile movie in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, landed too hard, and sustained a spinal cord injury. Beginning with no movement or feeling below my bellybutton, my wife Shawna and I were determined not to change a single goal of the past. With the ever-present help of the High Fives foundation, we embarked on an unconventional, activity-based recovery plan, which bucked the prognosis that my long-cherished independence was a thing of the past. Less than three years after my injury, I am honored to say I've released my first book (Two Feet Back), I can now feel and move all the way down to my knees, I am walking in a set of canes, and I was given the gratitude-filled opportunity to become the first spinal cord injured athlete in history to ski ~80 miles (the final degree of latitude) to Antarctica's Geographic South Pole!!! This universal story of choosing positivity through adversity has little to do with a spinal cord injury. In truth, my story is one that applies to us all, because we are all survivors of something.
I have worked with a variety of charity organizations over the years, and the High Fives foundation is the single highest "one-on-one" impacting non-profit per dollar raised I have experienced. From achieving weekly Miracles in their athlete recovery efforts, to uniting a diverse population of contributors toward their noble cause, to educating kids and adults alike in winter sports relevant and life saving fields such as avalanche awareness and helmet usage, to one-on-one injury recovery mentorship / modality recommendation / empowering financial assistance to recovering athletes, the High Fives foundation makes the difference between prognosis and new trends in recovery miracles.
In conclusion, I am extending my highest recommendation for the High Fives Foundation, as it is not only an asset to winter sports athletes in North America, but also a life-enhancing model for the world to follow. It is for the above reasons this foundation is loved by so many and respected so truly by me. It is without reservation that I vouch for the foundation’s character, its work ethic, and its sterling ability to contribute on the highest levels to so many winter sports individuals, with and without injury. The High Fives foundation has made a huge positive impact in my personal journey back from a paralyzing snow sports injury, and I look forward to promoting its greatness now and in the future
Author, Speaker, Athlete
i was in a snowboarding accident March 2013 rendering me a quadrapalegic. It was through the High Fives Foundation that i was extended hospital stay and out-patient rehab. They were the catalyst to my recovery and i'm happy to be on my feet again thank you in part to the High Fives Foundation!!
High Fives is an effective and efficient non-profit that has a big impact on their clients. They serve folks with paralysis, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries and provide comprehensive services. The staff is caring and are living with spinal cord injuries, making them uniquely suited to help each client through the process.
In 1992 I learned firsthand how important community support is during the recovery of life altering injury. I was only 17 years old when my father and I hit a tree at over 80 MPH on Highway 395 while driving home from a downhill skiing event I had competed in at Mammoth Mountain. Another driver made an illegal U-turn on the highway and that moment changed our lives forever. If it wasn’t for our local community support that built a wheelchair accessible shower in my parents garage, drove me to physical therapy, or brought us food on a regular schedule there is no way we could have made it through those times. High Fives is that community to people that need it most.
High Fives is a nonprofit that inspires thousands of people across the US to live life at a Higher level. The core values of the High Fives Foundation is infectious to anyone that is introduced to them.
Although the foundation reaches across the entire US they keep cost to a bare minimum with a lean team. This insures that the dollars donated go directly to the athletes in need and education programs High Fives have developed.
The impact that High Fives has on individuals lives goes beyond words. Thank you High-Fives
High Fives is an amazing grass roots non profit. Roy Tuscany took a life changing event and instead of crawling under a rock he used this experience to help other people who had similar experiences and then also started an education program to stop the same thing happening to our children and other young athletes. Roy's personality and passion for his cause makes everyone want to be part of what he is doing. My 15 year old son thinks Roy is so cool that he listens to everything he says and wants to be just like him.
It is here that Roy has his greatest impact. He is a great role model.
I love High-Fives Foundation! They provide inspiration and support to people in all stages of their lives. For some it is the organization that picks them up off the ground after a life altering accident and shows them how amazing life is! for others it is providing a place to come for an amazing workout or a great massage/chiropractic adjustment/ acupuncture or a great High Five. Their Saturday community days introduce you to new healers in the community and give you an opportunity to 'try' it out to see if it is for you. The trio who runs the show are amazing, all of which have suffered a life altering injury. They have created an amazing center 'The CR Johnson Healing Center' that gives back to an amazing community of athletes and just regular people like me. Thank you Roy, Adam and Steve. Love, K
High Fives Foundation is single handily one of the coolest, most professional and innovative non-profits I have ever worked with. They are changing the lives of several individuals. And, they're proactively making the community of snow sport enthusiasts more educated and more interested in safety to prevent injury all together. They are proactive.
Roy and his team are genuine, authentic and are in it for the right reason. The highlight of my job is when I get to do productive and meaningful partnerships with High Fives. High Fives is the most inspirational foundation that is connected to snowsports and action sports.
High Fives is hands down the most inspirational non-profit I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. As an event planner and owner of Fitness based business, I am so impressed with their commitment to give to athletes who have suffered life-altering injuries while living an athletic life.
This organization is not only a passion based business but a very well oiled corporate machine. The directive of the company has had local and global impacts on individuals and families, hosted fundraisers that have met and exceeded goals and has built an amazing healing center close to their home base.
It has become a phenomenon in the VT area to even “know a member of the High – Fives community” it’s like a right of passage for many to say… I knew Roy Tuscany when….
The impact that High Fives has on individuals lives goes beyond words. Thank you High-Fives for the work that you LIVE!!!!
High Fives, summed up in a grammar school report card format....
"Plays well with others!"
Furthermore, the ongoing community outreach and personal touch that they use as a formula for success, is second to NONE. Love the Focus, the commitment and dedication of ROY and the BOYS. If High Fives were part of NASCAR, they would be the RICKY BOBBY of the whole dang Stock Car world. "Wewwwww, if you ain't first, your last"
Git er done!....
That's what they DO!
Love me some High FIVES,
Chris "Uncle E" Ernst
Sports Guy that Talks A lot.
High Fives Foundation is the best Non-Profit I have ever worked with! They are the most outgoing, nice, fun group of people that are always willing to help out. They host very fun events such as Trains a ski competition, Bocce Ball, Dodgeball, parties and much more to raise money for injured athletes. If you ever get a chance to join one of these events or just stop in the office and say hello I would highly suggest it. You will have a great experience and fall in love with the company.
The High Fives Foundation is a true life-changing organization. I first learned of the Foundation from pro-skier JT Holmes. His involvement in the B.A.S.I.C.S. Program is what peaked my interest. I had no idea so many winter sports athletes, over the last 20 years, have suffered from a serious injury or died while participating or competing. Based on this knowledge I decided to reach out to the Foundation's Executive Director, Roy Tuscany, to learn more. Roy shared his personal story of tragedy and redemption with me and spoke passionately about why he wanted to pay it forward and create High Fives. From that moment knew this was the Foundation I wanted to get involved with.
I have attended a variety of High Fives non-traditional fundraising events and have met several athletes who have received grant funding to assist in their recovery from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. The fact that the Foundation has raised more than $1 million since its inception in 2009 and has helped 49 athletes with recovery is truly remarkable. It demonstrates that I am not the only one that believes in second chances and positively changing lives.
The Foundation is also a wonderful educational resource for winter sports enthusiasts as they get excited for a variety of winter sports. They offer video presentation that discuss helmet safety and usage, backcountry safety and avalanche safety and also tour the country to educate kids on smart practices to help reduce and prevent traumatic injuries.
There is no Foundation I feel more connected to than High Fives. I look forward to the future and hope they can continue to make a difference and change lives through the power of positivity.
We got involved with HighFives 3 years ago because we wanted to help out within our industry. Before long I got to meet some of the athletes HighFives works with and see the miracles Roy and his team deliver. Very special people and organization. Kudos to them!
High Fives Non-Profit is run by three amazing men. They are all athletes that have had to rehabilitate and push forward through pain, sweat and tears. Roy, Adam and Steve are always smiling and inspiring. I can't say enough wonderful things about these guys. The list of things they do for other injured athletes and the community as a whole is endless.
The High Fives Nonprofit Foundation and the CR Johnson healing center are nothing short of a miracle — a life and game changer in no small way. As an athlete who has suffered a spinal cord injury, I intimately understand the challenges that come with post recovery: the financials, the equipment, the therapy and above all the support. This foundation from jump is successful at bridging, eliminating or minimizing those challenges. This is a foundation whose roots are love, compassion, empathy, giving and strength, and those roots run deep and strong. The foundation is family in the truest sense of the word and has assisted and gone with me to some amazing places. I've never seen it's like ever.
High Fives Foundation has changed the lives of many winter sports athletes, and has become a beacon in the Ski and Snowboard Community. Keep the dream alive guys!
The guys at High Fives do amazing work to support their fellow athletes that have experienced a life altering injury or disease. Why? Because they have all experienced one themselves, and this gives them a very unique perspective. Roy, Adam, and Steve have each worked hard to rehab their bodies and adapt their lifestyles. They connect with donors and supporters when they relate their personal stories of injury and adjustment, but their greatest attribute is their collective spirit of optimism and perseverance. They have helped countless injured athletes to regain that spirit as well. They have my vote as the BEST non-profit!
High Fives is amazing. It is run by guys who themselves have been affected by life changing injuries or illness so they understand 100% what the people they are helping are going through. The energy and commitment to their cause is second to none. We live in the UK and following my skier son's TBI I happened to buy a jacket to raise funds for the CR Johnson Healing Center, which is connected to High Fives. I had a query about the jacket and mentioned that my son had also had a TBI (as did CR), to my amazement that was the beginning of a long correspondence from Roy Tuscany who just sent such positive vibes across the Atlantic to Matt and even arranged a few surprises. I can't think of anyone else who would do that. Most organisations would have fobbed my query off to a secretary to deal with and that would have been that. That is just not Roy's way though. If he thinks someone needs a bit of support, he's there. Not quite sure when he finds the time to sleep! I read their weekly newsletter and they just never stop fundraising, but in such a fun way too. We have nothing like this in the UK and you are so lucky to have them. They are the best! Any money donated to them will literally change someone's future.
Old saying in business: "There's the business you're in. And then there's the business you are in. And THEN...there's the business you are really in."
High Fives Foundation is in the business of helping athletes that have suffered a life altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. But to do that, they have to be in the business of raising awareness and money. That's hard at best, but they are great at doing this. With over 40 athletes helped to date they are certainly fulfilling their mission. Especially when you consider that many of the athletes they have helped have gone on to inspire thousands with their courage and kindness.
But to be in that business, High Fives has had to be in the business of creating and cultivating community through a dizzying number of events, produced content, and far-reaching communication. This is why they get the 5 stars. Of the thousands of non-profits, very few have achieved this.
The amount of love, stoke, and friendship that High Fives has fostered is amazing. They've created a community where their logo and awareness is as omnipresent as a global brand. You're just as likely to see a kid (or an adult) wearing a High Fives hat or t-shirt as you would expect to see a Nike, Levis, or North Face.
I have tremendous respect and admiration for Roy, Adam, Steve, and the rest of the High Fives team and count their presence as one of the reasons I would be reluctant to ever move away from this community.
I have worked with High Fives at multiple events and can honestly say that these guys take a community that is already tightly knit, pull on the ends even harder, and create a support system that is un-replicable. The difference they make is so obvious and the funding they receive is clearly used in a thoughtful manner to impact the community in a positive way.
High Fives is an up close and personal nonprofit in which you really see your dollars hard at work. My donation went directly to recovering athletes and they let me know, NOT pens or administrative costs. When, I donated to the cause and I instantly received a receipt for records and they instantly followed up with personal thank you via the mail. It was an extremely nice touch and made me feel close to the cause, like I was part of it. They are extremely professional and always keep a "true vision" on their cause. The message is very clear and you know exactly what you are donating to. I am proud to have donated to such an organization and will continue to do so year after year. High Fives!
Worked with them for years. They have been a great organization helping people that get hurt skiing or snowboarding. Motivational and great group of people.
The High Fives Foundation brings a much needed service to those of us in the action sports world. They regularly host events that not only serve as fundraisers, but also act as a catalyst for the community of the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Not only do they serve athletes in need, but they serve the community at large.
I have no doubt in my mind that our community would not be where it is today without the High Fives Foundation.
High Fives serves a vital role in communities where winter sports are a big part of life. In winter sports centric towns people have abundance of passion and positive energy for life but not necessarily a lot of financial resources. When life changing injuries happen to people in our communities High Fives is there. They provide much needed emotional and financial support to guide people through one of the hardest times in their lives. One of the things that continues to impress me about High Fives is that they go beyond helping people through injury. They continue to support their athletes in the process of reaching their goals in the next phase of their lives.
The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation has seen a tremendous path of growth since its inception in 2009. I am quite proud of the effectiveness that hard work has lead to in terms of positively changing lives in the communities it reaches, winter sports enthusiasts and people that care.
From the first athlete served by the Winter Empowerment Fund to the 49th (and beyond), it has been an inspirational journey to be involved with this unique organization that emphasis fun and positivity in all that it does.
I recommend learning more, becoming involved and donating to this organization for the simple reason that although life-altering injuries happen it doesn't mean that life can't be fulfilling and rewarding beyond expectations!
My first time experience with the foundation was at a local event in Central Vermont (Ski-athon.) Their staff were/are AMAZING. The event was beyond words from the professional management to the volume of people they inspired to come out and support their cause. Their message is inspiring, but also fun. I'm really proud to work for clients who support the foundation, and to find ways to support on my own! I flat out LOVE these guys!
High Fives is an amazing organization! I actually received the first grant from the HIgh Fives Foundation when they took me skiing back in 2010 following my 2008 spinal cord injury. After my experience on the "being helped" side of things, I hung around and did whatever I could to help the guys, and eventually a position on the Board became available.
The High Fives Foundation truly does amazing things for winter sports athletes as they come back from injury, and I can tell you this from both sides. I'm not only a client...I'm a member.
This is the story of an amazing charitable foundation. High Fives not only celebrates come backs, they celebrate life and enrich the people around them. I will be donating to this charity for the rest of my life, because I know every dollar spent goes to those in need and what they can't give financially, they give out in positive, life-affirming high fives.
When I first moved to Truckee, I didn't know many people. I worked at a local bank and was having a hard time making new friends.
Roy, the founder, was a regular customer. After meeting Roy and hearing about his foundation, I knew I wanted to be involved. I signed up as a volunteer and within the next few weeks, I was helping out at an event.
Little did I know that by volunteering and being a part of this foundation, I would meet some of the most important people in my life.
Volunteering for this foundation is FUN, inspiring, and rewarding. I have been able to witness the help these guys are able to give to injured athletes. But they don't just help athletes, they help everyone involved with them. They helped me find a spot in the community.
Lots of love to these guys. They KILL IT.
This Charity has changed the lives of 49 athletes through the Winter Empowerment Fund, seen over 1100 athletes walk through the doors of its healing center, and educated close to 6700 young winter enthusiasts through its BASICS program
After graduating college, I relocated from the Bay Area of California to the mountains of Lake Tahoe. I knew that in order to land a great job down the road I needed to look into securing an internship. As fate would have it, my former coach at Sugar Bowl (Roy Tuscany) had just formed the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation in Truckee, CA. I interviewed and landed the internship. In the years to come I learned valuable skill sets and gained an appreciation for hard work. The effort and dedication needed for such a small staff (at High Fives) to be a successful charity is remarkable. I thank them for teaching me the power of positivity and how to set a goal and work towards it, no matter what gets in your way. High Five to this amazing organization.
(Former Intern - High Fives Foundation)
There are only two non-profits for which I write endorsements. The High Fives Foundation is one of these organizations.
Roy Tuscany, one of the co-founders of the High Fives Foundation, continues to grow this non-profit with a primary focus in mind: "To raise money and awareness for athletes who suffer life-altering injuries while pursuing their dream in winter-action sports."
What I admire most, however, is how the Foundation has grown their efforts into adjacent causes, including teaching children how to participate in winter sports while being as safe as possible (the B.A.S.I.C.S program).
The High Fives Foundation is a non-profit to watch and support.
Roy Tuscany and the High Fives Foundation has a crystal-clear mission. They are 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. The High Fives Foundation's use of social media is changing how people are perceiving the abilities and impact of their supported athletes who just happen to have a disability.