Congratulations & High Five to 7 Central Region #HighFivesAthletes who were awarded Empowerment Grants in Quarter 1 of 2016!

In Quarter 1 of 2016 High Fives dispersed $34,503 in grant funding to 7 Central Region Athletes to aid in recovery from life-altering injuries. In Quarter 1 of 2016 the High Fives Foundation disbursed a total of $91,509 in board-approved grants to 19 athletes in 9 states.

The High Fives Foundation supports injured mountain sports athletes through grant funding to be used towards reaching their recovery goals. Since the High Fives Foundation’s January 2009 inception, the Empowerment program service has assisted 104 athletes from 22 states in nine respective funding categories which include: living expenses, insurance, travel, health, healing network, adaptive equipment, winter equipment, programs and “stoke” (positive energy, outlook and attitude).

The Empowerment Fund provides resources and inspiration to those who suffer a life-altering injury. Life-altering injuries are injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputation or other mobility-limiting injuries that occurred in an athlete’s lifetime. The resources and inspiration we provide come in the form of board-approved grant funding paid to service providers in nine funding categories: living expenses, insurance, health, travel, High Fives Healing Network, adaptive equipment, winter equipment, and “stoke” (positive energy, outlook, attitude).

“So many athletes call the areas of Colorado, Utah, and the Rocky Mountains home, with so many participating in mountain action sports,” says Roy Tuscany, Executive Director of High Fives Foundation. “With so much activity, accidents are bound to happen, so it’s great to be able to support those in need.”

The High Fives Foundation has provided Empowerment Grants to the following athletes as they continue on their road to recovery//

Scott Will—Evansville, IN (24) – $6,478 (Training at PEAK, Initial Consultation)

Georgiana Burnside—Little Rock, AR – $2,660 (Personal Training in Little Rock, AR)

Vlad Kovalenko—Aspen, CO – $650 (Massage)

Megan Wemmer—Boulder, CO – $2,175 (Training at PEAK & Massage)

Bond Camp—Breckenridge, CO – $8,220 (60 Neurokinetic Pilates sessions & 6 Massage sessions)

Jim Harris—Salt Lake City, UT – $2,720 (Physical Therapy & Personal Training)

Tim Burr—Glenwood Springs, CO – $11,600 (To cover the purchase of Hand Cycle)

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