Meet #HighFivesAthlete Jared Van Leuven (ATHLETE #189) from Truckee, CA

In March 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $31,478.52 to 10 Athlete’s across North America.

In March, 2018 Jared applied for and received a grant for acupuncture sessions at the CR Johnson Healing Center and PT sessions with Scott Williams at Synergy Therepeutics. Jared will also work on building his strength with the trainers at the CR Johnson Healing Center.

Jared Van Leuven burst fractured his L2 vertebrae resulting in a compromised spinal cord. This was done while snowboarding after a large fall on a large feature. Jared has been snowboarding since he was 8 years old, most recently in a competitive surrounding. Unfortunately, even though proper riding techniques and quality jumps were in place, the accident still happened.

Jared has resumed his professional career as a high-end mechanic, but plans to take time to put full focus on his recovery, so he can get back to snowboarding in 2019.

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 194 Athletes from 31 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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