Meet #HighFivesAthlete David Wiener from Sandy Hook, CT

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

High Fives provided David with a January grant to continue to work at Project Walk to get back out skiing with his family again.

After 50 years of downhill skiing, and 25 years of raising his kids to ski and snowboard, David lost control on some black ice and hit a tree at full speed. He doesn’t remember the actual impact, just hitting the ice before and then laying on the slope after with a femur fracture, head wound, compound fracture of his right tibia/fibula and a spinal cord injury.

“What followed my injury has been an amazing journey through medical treatment, rehabilitation therapy and the support of an incredible family and community,” said David.

David has always been a goal-oriented family man.

Project Walk has been guiding me to bring back and develop as much of my core strength as possible. We also work on joint flexibility and balance. Aside from the technical support, I also get advice on technique from accomplished mono-skiers such as paralympian Victoria Arlen.


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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