The High Fives Foundation has announced more than $11,000 in grants have been awarded to three Winter Empowerment athletes for recovery from life altering injury, during the month of May. The foundation’s Winter Empowerment Program service aids board approved grants to disabled winter action sports athletes taking part in winter adaptive sports or athletes recovering from a life-altering injury. As of now, Winter Empowerment Fund has assisted 43 athletes from 14 states in nine funding categories, which include: living expenses, insurance, travel, health, healing network, adaptive equipment, winter equipment, programs, and stoke.
The High Fives Foundation raises funds for Winter Empowerment Fund grants through fun and casual fundraising events. The High Fives Foundation, established in 2009, is a non-profit organization based in Tahoe, dedicated to raising funds and awareness for injured winter sports athletes. These athletes have suffered life-altering injuries, putting a pause on chasing after their dreams of success in the winter action sports community.
The month of May recipients include Cody Walker of Salt Lake City, UT, Lucas Grossi of Missoula, MT, and Taylor Fiddyment of Truckee, CA. Walker developed a love for snowboarding through ski resorts located near him. Walker had a snowboarding accident while on a trip in Lake Tahoe, CA with his best friends, which left him with with fractures in his neck, both hips, and the inability to move his body on his own. Eventually, he regained arm and leg movement, but now spends rigorous hours in rehabilitation with his family supporting him and motivating him throughout the entire process.
Lucas Grossi is an aspiring candidate athlete for the 2014 Paralympic Games that lost his leg in a tragic car accident. He learned how to skatebaord 4 months before he learned how to walk again. He picked up snow sports shortly after and later organized the first adaptive snowboard freestyle camp and national competition in the world with USASA (United States of America Snowboard Association).
Taylor Fiddyment was injured while riding a four-wheeler. She continues to thrive off the support her family and friends constantly give her. She has been awarded with the opportunity to discover skiing through Disabled Sports USA – Far West.
The next fundraising event is scheduled for August 2, 2013. It will be the 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament.