Meet #HighFivesAthlete Chris Hoeh from Jamaica Plain, MA

In January 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $30,678.00 in grant funding to 10 Athletes across the country.

Chris received a grant from the High Fives Foundation for FES (electrical stimulation) rowing sessions so that he can continue to recover and get back out on the hill.

Chris’ accident occurred at the bottom of the Big Dipper at Killington Mountain in Vermont. It was a powder day, but there was some re-frozen snow underneath the powder. As he cut out from the trees Chris turned right and looked up the hill to make sure no one was approaching. The next thing he knew he was floating through the air, snow swirling around the blue sky and then he settled into the powder. Immediately, he couldn’t feel anything below his armpits.


He never lost consciousness, and asked his son to call the ski patrol, not touch him, and make sure they took him to the hospital.

At Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, Chris was told he had suffered a cervical spinal cord injury.

I really appreciate what you guys ‘High Fives Foundation’ are doing, and look forward to connecting more moving forward with my goals.


Chris wants to get as physically strong as possible, and then get back out on the mountain with his son. The time needs to be right, but he plans to get out there again.

The High Fives Foundation supports injured outdoor sports athletes through grant funding to be used towards reaching their recovery goals. Since the Foundation’s January 2009 inception, the Empowerment program service has assisted 188 athletes from 32 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).

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