High Fives Foundation Empowerment Grant helps Bozeman man ski at another level

David Poole is in recovery from a major spinal cord injury. THIS IS THE FIRST EMPOWERMENT FUND GRANT AWARDED TO David FROM THE HIGH FIVES FOUNDATION 

(Truckee California November 3, 2016) — California’s High Fives Foundation is awarding Bozeman resident David Poole an Empowerment Grant for a high-performance monoski to enable him to progress in adaptive skiing. Poole is in recovery from a life-altering injury he received in 2006.

Poole was involved in a horrific ski accident on January 22, 2006 at Copper Mountain, Colorado. He severed his spinal cord and broke multiple bones when he tumbled down a 60-foot rock face. His passion for skiing and his competitive nature have helped him make a name for himself as one of the best monoskiers in the United States.

“His current monoski is cracked and he would greatly benefit from a new model,” said Roy Tuscany, executive director of the High Fives Foundation. “I know his ultimate goal is to win a gold medal at the 2017 Winter X Games, and High Fives can help him accomplish that.”


“My life in a wheelchair has not slowed me down in doing the things I used to do before my injury. I just have to do them differently now,” said Poole. “This grant from High Fives is going to help me remain competitive in a rapidly growing field of adaptive competitors with newer equipment.”

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