Our Mission

High Fives Mission

Create a universal shift in adventure sports that expands what is possible for those who have faced life-changing injuries.


High Fives focuses on preventing life-changing injuries and provides resources and hope if they happen.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization since 2009, High Fives has helped countless injured athletes and Veterans get back to doing what they love. The Foundation aims to be the leader of education and recovery of life-altering injuries in outdoor action sports.


Human Care

Empowering individuals through life-changing positivity.



Offering transparency in all programs, operations, partnerships, and fun.



Committing to an inclusive group of individuals and mentors.



Creating rewarding outcomes.




Dedicated to constantly improving.

Roy Tuscany at the beach with a sup

"It will never be the same, but it can still be awesome."

-Roy Tuscany

On April 29, 2006, the High Fives Foundation was forged with one man's personal tragedy and triumphant comeback. As a promising skier with dreams of conquering the world's slopes, Roy Tuscany's aspirations were abruptly shattered when a daring jump went awry, resulting in a devastating spinal cord injury. A burst fracture of his T-12 vertebrae, compromising 45% of his spinal cord, rendered his lower body paralyzed. Battling against the odds, Roy embarked on a remarkable journey of recovery, fueled by strong personalities, relentless positivity, and an abundance of high fives. March 2008 marked a pivotal moment when Roy, against all expectations, donned his skis and ascended the lift for the first time since his injury. The cheers of encouragement and the camaraderie he experienced during his recovery became the seeds of inspiration for something greater. Fueled by a desire to extend a helping hand to others facing similar obstacles, Roy founded the High Fives Foundation in 2009.

This national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, rooted in Truckee, California, serves athletes with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and others. The High Fives Foundation has become a beacon of hope, offering financial support, emotional encouragement, and a positive outlook to those facing similar challenges. Roy's gratitude for the unwavering support he received from local skiers, community members, and friends inspired him to pay it forward. The foundation thrives on the simple yet powerful act of a "High Five," symbolizing not just a physical gesture but a commitment to support athletes through their recovery journey. It stands not just as a charity organization but as a living narrative of overcoming adversity, transforming setbacks into comebacks, and proving that, with enough determination and community support, any summit can be conquered.

The High Fives Foundation was born.

high fives winter ski event group photo

Based in Truckee, California, the High Fives Foundation became an official 501(c)(3) non-profit on January 19, 2009, and has since raised funds, secured alternative treatments, aided in the recovery of hundreds of athletes across the nation, and launched campaigns around injury prevention.

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