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.
"It will never be the same, but it can still be awesome."
On April 29, 2006, Roy Tuscany, founder and CEO of High Fives, suffered a devastating spinal cord injury while training in the terrain park at Mammoth Mountain, California. Roy sustained a burst fracture of his T-12 vertebrae, compromising 45% of his spinal cord after going 130 feet on a 100-foot jump. The accident rendered his lower body paralyzed. After having high hopes of becoming a world-class professional skier, he then had to re-learn everything in life from the ground up.
The skiing accident was truly life-changing but he eventually began making great progress in his recovery process. With the help of strong personalities, positivity, and plenty of high fives, he stepped into skis and loaded the lift at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California for the first time in March of 2008. The encouragement and inspiration he received during his recovery motivated him to start a foundation to help others overcome similar obstacles.
The High Fives Foundation was born.
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.