High Fives in the News: Over $5,400.00 Awarded to Two Injured Athletes
The Winter Empowerment Program Service disburses board approved grants to disabled winter action sports athletes participating in winter adaptive sports or athletes recovering from a life-altering injury. In June, the Foundations Board of Directors Grant Selection Committee approved the following grants for three athletes totaling $5,410.00.
To date, the Winter Empowerment Fund has assisted 43 athletes from 14 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).
This June, grant recipients include two High Fives Foundation Athletes that have both previously received a grant through the Winter Empowerment Fund:
SALLY FRANCKLYN | JACKSON, WY
On March 24, 2012 Sally Francklyn fell 850 feet while skiing in the Jackson Hole, WY backcountry. The veteran ski patroller and heralded public relations and social media expert suffered a closed head fracture with a Traumatic Brain Injury as well as back, neck and ankle injuries that ultimately placed Sally into a coma for two-weeks. Since emerging from the coma, Sally has been working hard to recover and return to the sport of skiing and the professions she is so passionate about. The High Fives Foundation previously awarded Sally a grant through the Winter Empowerment Fund for Learning RX Brain Training, Massage and Personal Training.
June Winter Empowerment Grant for Sally Francklyn:$3,300.00 (Healing Network Massage: $960.00, 12 sessions and Personal Training: $2,340.00, 36 sessions)
MAXWELL ELLES | BRIDGEWATER CORNERS, VT
On December 27, 2012 Max hit a hidden water bar while snowboarding at Killington Resort (VT). Immediately, the promising young snowboarder knew his back was broken. He then spent the next 43 days in two hospitals, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical and Spaulding Rehab Hospital. Moving forward, Max’s goals are to regain as much strength, balance, and mobility as possible. The High Fives Foundation previously awarded Max a grant through the Winter Empowerment Fund for Personal Training, Massage and Acupuncture.
June Winter Empowerment Grant for Maxwell Elles:$2,110 (Healing Network Structural Integration: $1,560.00, 13 sessions, Massage: $550.00, 5 sessions and Acupuncture $0, 15 sessions donated by Margeary Keasler)