Introducing High Fives Quarter 3 2021 Empowerment Grant recipients
High Fives is very proud to introduce everyone to these new Athletes that we will be supporting through their recovery and onto whatever goals and adventures that they can dream of.
Recovery and progression of one’s mind and body is a never-ending pursuit. These Athletes realize that setting goals and improving themselves is incredibly important. After one goal or adventure is complete, each Athletes sees that the specific goal they set is possible. Each new goal is a way to discover ways to become better every day, using the experience and skill created.
Quarter 3 2021 Empowerment Grant Recipients
Colin Cook | Amputation
In 2015, Colin lost his left leg and suffered severe damage to his left hand while surfing due to a shark attack. Thankfully, he was pulled out of the water and received medical attention right away.
“trying to live more on one leg than I did with two”
$1,500- Custom surf board
Jimmy Soliz | TBI, Life-Changing Injuries
Thousand Oaks, CA
Jimmy was injured in a motocross accident during a race in 2008. Since then, Jimmy has gone on to train and compete at the NSCD in Winter Park, CO with his eyes set on the 2022 paralympics.
“Doing things the right way is, not always the easiest way”
Kendra Erhardt | SCI T10
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Kendra was downhill skiing at Marmot Basin at approximately 70km/hour when she went off a roller and lost control. She hit a tree and immediately could not move or feel her legs. This was the result of a T10 spinal cord injury.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
Patrick Sails | TBI,Life Changing Injury
Squamish, BC, Canada
Patrick was dropped by a belayer while climbing in a rock climbing gym. The fall resulted in compressed vertebrae, pilon fracture of his tibia and fibula, shattering of his right calcaneus, and a severe TBI.
“Don’t worry about results and the future, just work hard every day and stay focused on the process and good things will happen.”
$5000 – Healing Network
Kevin Goodan| SCI T8
While snowboarding at Lookout Pass on the Idaho/Montana border, a new run opened and Kevin went in search of good powder. He committed to a jump and went a little too far, crashing and sustaining a T10 spinal cord injury.
“Keep the stoke alive”
$4,000 Healing Network
These new West Coast Athletes will be welcomed to the High Fives Ohana by previous Athlete and quarter 3 Grant recipient
David Sagal | SCI
EVER TRIED. EVER FAILED. NO MATTER. TRY AGAIN. FAIL AGAIN. FAIL BETTER.“
Adaptive Equipment – $2,000
Jeff Andrews | SCI
“NEVER SAY NEVER, BECAUSE LIMITS, LIKE FEARS, ARE OFTEN JUST AN ILLUSION“
Healing Network – $2,500