Meet #HighFivesAthlete Jeff Andrews from Reno, NV

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

In January, Jeff applied for, and received a grant for not only massage from the world-renown Karen Stubbs at Truckee’s CR Johnson Healing Center, but also training and massage therapy from Diego Bohl of Maui, HI.

Jeff suffered a C6 burst fracture with associated spinal cord injury and transverse process fractures at L1-3, resulting in quadriplegia C5-C7 in a snowboarding accident that occurred at Sugar Bowl on March 15, 2014.

Jeff’s goals revolve around independence. He participates in adaptive sports and has become almost entirely independent. He is near the completion of his accessible home in Verdi, NV. That will allow him to be 100% less reliant on others.

High Fives team competing in the Duke Ocean Fest in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Diego’s training helps me keep my body strong and loose. We work on posture and alignment that helps me control my board in the water. It helps me recover faster so I can surf more days.


Jeff will use the training he receives from Diego as he navigates the waves of the North Shore of Maui, HI. Jeff is the reigning US World Champion Assisted Prone Champion, and he has no intentions of letting go of that title.

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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