Athletes

Ambassador | Paul Basagoitia
Any One Of Us | Film TEASER High Fives Foundation is a proud supporter of mountain biker Paul Basagoitia When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia suffers a devastating spinal cord injury (SCI), his life is changed in an instant. Discovering that he’s become paralyzed, Paul begins a grueling battle against his own body and mind,...
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Athlete of the Week | Ira Edwards
#HighFivesAthlete Ira Edwards gives Back to his community in Alaska Alaskan native and High Fives Athlete Ira Edwards is giving back to his community in a big way. In 2012, with the idea of having sports accessible for all Ira Edwards began fundraising.  He started his own company, RoosterSkier Brand Beard and Mustache Product which donates...
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2019 CR Johnson Memorial Lion Heart Art Show | Recap
Lion Heart Art Show Raised Over $3,000 for Athletes in Need - Thank YOU! Thank you Lion Heart Art Show Artists and Attendees! With your help, Riverside Studios was able to raise over $3,000 in the 9th Annual Lion Heart Art Show. These funds will be distributed to Athlete's recovering at the CR Johnson Healing Center in Truckee, CA. The facility would have never...
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2019 Vermont Ski Camp
Sugarbush Resort x Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports x High Fives 2019 Adaptive Ski Camp! Photo Credit: John Atkinson | Full photo album HERE THE 2019 Vermont SKI CAMP HIGHLIGHTED 11 ADAPTIVE ATHLETES WHO ALL SUFFERED LIFE-ALTERING SPINAL CORD INJURIES, EACH OF THEM WERE EXCITED TO GET BACK OUT ONTO THE MOUNTAIN FOLLOWING THEIR RESPECTIVE INJURIES. ADAPTIVE...
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Athlete of the Week | Meredith Koch
Why You Should Include the Adaptively Abled | #HighFivesAthlete Meredith Koch | TEDxNewport THE DAY BEFORE MEREDITH’S 25TH BIRTHDAY SHE WAS HELPING FRIENDS MOVE AN UPRIGHT PIANO OUT OF THE BACK OF A PICK-UP TRUCK. AS IT WAS COMING OUT OF THE TRUCK, IT TIPPED OVER AND LANDED ON HER BACK. THE IMPACT FRACTURED MEREDITH’S STERNUM...
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HIGH FIVES X ARCADE BELT GOAL COMPLETE | Alex Goldmeier
High Five #HighFivesAthlete Alex Goldmeier for achieving his first of five Arcade Belt Goals! Hand cycling the Army Ten Miler Race in Washington DC Alex completed the daunting ten mile race in our nation's capital, achieving his first goal in the High Fives X Arcade Belt Program. Alex was granted a hand cycle in the High Fives Foundation's September adaptive...
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High Five The Hill | Adaptive Ski Camp | Winter Park 2019
What happens when injury takes skiing away? And then brings skiing back! Words by Program Services Director, Steve Wallace & photos/videos by Generikal It was my first winter back skiing and didn’t know what to expect. Seeing everyone learning and progressing at the same time helped me push myself more than I could alone. The whole...
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All Girls Winter Surf Sesh | Santa Cruz
All Girls Winter Surf Sesh | Santa Cruz | Dec, 2018 Written and Video Directed by #HighFivesAthlete Landon McGauley I was blown away by the true strength both of these women showed. Watching them take a deep breath in the face of fear and then a strong paddle straight into it will be a memory...
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The George G Story
The George G Story George Gonzalez was snowboarding with his step-father in Colorado, when he suffered a life changing spinal cord injury while heading down a blue run. George, his step-father, and his friends came to a section where a bunch of small kids came out of the trees and caught him off guard. Not...
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September – December | 32 Grant Recipients
The Facts!  September - December of 2018, High Fives disbursed $101,121 in board approved Empowerment grant funds to 32 individuals with life-altering injuries, across North America. 2018 alone, High Fives disbursed $646,122 ($372,048 towards grants & $274,074 towards camps). Since 2009 inception, the High Fives disbursed $3.2 million to individuals with life-altering injuries. Where are the...
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