Introducing High Fives Quarter 3 2021 Empowerment Grant recipients
High Fives is very proud to introduce everyone to these new Athletes that we will be supporting through their recovery and onto whatever goals and adventures that they can dream of.
Recovery and progression of one’s mind and body is a never-ending pursuit. These Athletes realize that setting goals and improving themselves is incredibly important. After one goal or adventure is complete, each Athletes sees that the specific goal they set is possible. Each new goal is a way to discover ways to become better every day, using the experience and skill created.
High Fives believes that these 10 Athletes embody our values and will represent High Fives in amazing ways, and we cannot wait to see what they are able to accomplish.
Meet the Central US | Quarter 3 Grant Recipients HERE
Quarter 3 2021 Empowerment Grant Recipients
Aaron Carr | SCI C5
Roselle Park, NJ
“In life, you have a choice: you can either look back or look forward. I choose to look forward.”
Kelsey O’Driscoll |Life Changing
Glens Falls, NY
Kelsey sustain a life changing injury while sledding
Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve
Adaptive Equipment – $2,889
PJ Heger | SCI T3
Traverse City, MO
PJ was injured while snowmobiling on New Year’s day of this year. He lost control, jumped off the sled in order to miss hitting a tree. He jumped far enough to miss his head, but struck the tree with his chest, shattering his T3 vertebrae.
“Anything I did before, I can do now”
Rachel Zoeller | SCI T11
In 2019, Rachel was cleaning anchors on a climbing route. A faulty knot resulted in a 60 ft fall onto packed dirt. They sustained multiple injuries including an SCI at T11, fractured pelvis and ankles, and more.
“It’s good for the plot”
River Hutchison | SCI C5
River was injured in an accident at the pool
“The world keeps on going, and so do I”
$5000 – Healing Network
Skye Kerr | SCI T4
While downhill mountain biking in October 2020 at Killington Resort, Skye crashed. She had been working on a progression of jumps all summer but this time, something was different. The accident resulted in a T4 spinal cord injury.
“Gotta go up in order to enjoy the downhill!”
Mike Garrison| SCI T5
Pleasant Hill, MO
On August 27, 2006 Mike was attending a local motocross race. While attempting to pass his best friend and take the lead, they both collided mid-air and crashed. While his best friend walked away injury free, Mike sustained a T5 spinal cord injury. Ten years later on his alive day, Mike married the “girl of his dreams” and explains without his injury he would have never had the chance to do so.
“Anything is Possible, It’s Up to You to Prove It”
These new East Coast Athletes will be welcomed to the High Fives Ohana by previous Athletes and Q3 Grant recipient
Mike Schwarz TBI
“I LOVE LIFE AND I LOVE THIS MOMENT RIGHT HERE! RIGHT NOW!“
Healing Network – $1,200
Ronan Patel| TBI
“DON’T EVER GIVE UP OR STOP DOING WHAT YOU LOVE.“
Healing Network- $2,500