In January 2015, Scott Will sustained a spinal cord injury snowboarding at Arapaho Basin, Colorado. He was riding with friends when he caught an edge, landed on his head and woke up at the base of a tree in the woods, far away from where he started.
He was stranded for a long time until someone eventually found him and called ski patrol. He was flown to Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado where he was told that he sustained a complete T-12 spinal cord injury.
Since his injury, Will has improved his independence significantly as he adjusts to life in a wheelchair. He recently graduated college, and he is returning to rehabilitation at the PEAK Center at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado for the summer.
“This grant is going to allow me to workout twice a day, five days per week,” said Will. “Being part of High Fives means being able to work towards independence knowing I have an incredible support system backing me throughout my whole journey.”
Photo: Scott Will working out the PEAK Center in Englewood Colorado. Photo Cred Scott Will
“Scott is prepared to pour every once of energy into his recovery,” said Roy Tuscany, Executive Director of the High Fives Foundation. “He’s a seriously motivated individual, and his effort is turning to tremendous results in terms of recovery.”
In the month of June alone, the High Fives Foundation granted $18,900 to 6 High Fives Athletes.
HIGH FIVES ATHLETE RECEIVES EMPOWERMENT GRANT | TREVOR KENNISON
HIGH FIVES ATHLETE RECEIVES EMPOWERMENT GRANT | SCOTT WILL
HIGH FIVES ATHLETE RECEIVES EMPOWERMENT GRANT | DANIEL MURRAY
HIGH FIVES ATHLETE RECEIVES EMPOWERMENT GRANT | MEGAN WEMMER
HIGH FIVES ATHLETE RECEIVES EMPOWERMENT GRANT | DAVID HEWEL
HIGH FIVES ATHLETE RECEIVES EMPOWERMENT GRANT | JASON ABRAHAM