Bill has been a Lassen National Park Ski Patroller for over ten years. While working and traversing a rocky ridge, Bill fell and sustained complete spinal cord injury, in 2017.
Bill has many goals: to increase strength, function, and activity of his new body as well as returning to the sports he has always loved. In addition he hopes to continue coaching the Chico High School Ski and Snowboard team which he has coached for over 8 years.
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.“
High Fives has provided:
$800 Adaptive Ski Lessons
“Receiving a High Fives Empowerment Grant means a lot of things to me. It means I have been recognized as an important athlete, despite my injury. It means I can join a group of inspiring athletes who are going for it and doing it from their wheelchairs. It means that I have a community in my new second-home in Tahoe (Soda Springs). It means I have teammates to help motivate me to work hard to increase my abilities and ambitions. It means I get to continue to work with Chris Cloyd who is helping me understand and manage the abilities that I have and develop activities and plans to gain new abilities. It means I get to go skiing this winter!! And cycling and surfing this summer!! Together with my new teammates!!! Receiving a High Fives Empowerment Grant means ``I've still got it`` and that I will continue to ``get after it`` for a long time.“
– #HighFivesAthlete, Bill Travers