On May 2, 2018 #HighFivesAthete Joanna Adams completed her High Fives X Arcade Belt goal of paddling her adaptive kayak (purchased by the High Fives Foundation in a September 2018 grant) in the Pacific Ocean!
Kayaking was a huge passion of Joanna’s prior to her 2009 injury sustained in a Mt. Hood snowboard accident, and through hard work and help from the High Fives Foundation, she has rediscovered her passion.
Kayaking in the ocean is like being the only person in the middle of the wilderness with a partial blindfold. The calm of being in a kayak on top of the water makes me appreciate my small footprint on this earth even more, and I can't thank the High Fives Foundation enough for letting me experience that again.
THE BELT PROGRAM, WHICH IS SIMILAR TO A KARATE BELT SYSTEM, REWARDS HIGH FIVES ATHLETES WITH AN ARCADE BELT CONTAINING A NEW GOLD STAR FOR EACH MILESTONE ACHIEVED. THIS FRAMEWORK IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE CLARITY, SUPPORT, COMPETITION AND INSPIRATION FOR OTHERS AS THESE ATHLETES WORK TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES.