High Fives Foundation serves as the safety net of the outdoor community

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Our December 2018 Non-profit Community Service Spotlight is dedicated to High Fives Foundation..

In the last decade, the High Fives Foundation has gained widespread acclaim among snow sports athletes for the foundation’s dedication to raise injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffered life-changing injuries. Even more impressive, they’ve managed to become a common thread of connection and hope between a variety of athletes, outdoor sports communities, and charitable initiatives.

ABOUT THE HIGH FIVES FOUNDATION

High Fives Foundation focuses on preventing life-changing injuries and provides resources & hope if they happen. The foundation was formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by founder Roy Tuscany from his own experience of recovery to help injured people. The Foundation has expanded to help 219 individuals and veterans from 32 states since its inception in 2009. The High Fives Foundation is a California-based, national 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. For more information visit www.highfivesfoundation.org

“On April 29, 2006 I suffered a devastating spinal cord injury while training in Mammoth Mountain, CA, rendering my lower body paralyzed immediately after the accident. After having high hopes of becoming a world class professional skier, I then had to relearn everything in my life from the ground up. A truly life-altering experience, I eventually began making great progress. With the help of strong personalities, positivity, and high fives all around me, I stepped into skis and loaded the lift at Sugar Bowl for the first time in March of 2008. The encouragement and positivity I received during my recovery inspired me to start a foundation to help others with similar experiences.”

High Fives Non-profit Foundation, based in Truckee, CA, became an official 501c.3 non-profit on January 19, 2009. Founded by Roy Tuscany, the Tahoe-based foundation supports the dreams of outdoor action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries.

We have not only grown at a rate that exceeded all expectations, but have also successfully raised funds, secured alternative treatments and aided in recovery of 206 athletes from 31 states. It is a dream come true to help these people and many more. With that in mind it is the mission of High Fives to continue to grow and become a nation-wide organization that effectively acts as an umbrella for those that participate (and get hurt) in the sports we love so dearly.”

Roy Tuscany
President | Executive Director | Founder
High Fives Non-profit Foundation

In short, the foundation is know for serving as “THE SAFETY NET OF THE OUTDOOR COMMUNITY.”

MISSION

HIGH FIVES FOUNDATION FOCUSES ON PREVENTING LIFE-CHANGING INJURIES AND PROVIDES RESOURCES AND HOPE IF THEY HAPPEN.

VISION

TO BE THE LEADER OF EDUCATION AND RECOVERY OF LIFE-CHANGING INJURIES IN OUTDOOR SPORTS.

Submit a tax deductible donation to High Fives Foundation –> https://support.highfivesfoundation.org/campaign/high-fives-foundation/c85509

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*SnowPals’ November Non-profit Spotlight went to SkiDUCK – join them with their outreach to bring the joys of skiing and snowboarding to urban youths

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SkiDuck seeks outreach volunteers for urban youth: free skiing and riding at Squaw Valley

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Our featured snow-sports nonprofit for November 2018 is SkiDuck, a nonprofit organization, whose mission is full of heart; since 2010, when ski season is in full force, they offer a free program to bring disadvantaged and financially underprivileged youth to the snow and to teach them the joys of skiing and snowboarding.

“SkiDUCK (Skiing and snowboarding for Disabled and Underprivileged Children and older Kids) is a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled and underprivileged children by bringing them to the snow to share the joys of skiing and snowboarding! (Launched in Lake Tahoe and growing to other ski communities to serve local disadvantaged youth!)

SkiDuck is ENTIRELY volunteer-based (NO paid salaries!) so ALL donations received go directly to support children’s ski and snowboard programs!

SkiDUCK TURNS 8 and is seeking volunteers to teach DISADVANTAGED kids how to ski and snowboard. If you are an advanced level skier or snowboarder, you will most likely have the skills to teach so please contact us if you are interested.

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“Each season SkiDUCK provides around 1,000 youth (ages 7-18) with nearly 2,000 FREE days of skiing and snowboarding; including free lift tickets, rentals and lessons! Our home-base is Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in beautiful North Lake Tahoe, CA. And we’re so fortunate to also have the support of several other Lake Tahoe area resorts as well as partnerships with resorts in several other states! We’re committed to partnering with local organizations with similar goals of serving underprivileged youth. If your community or organization is interested in partnering with SkiDUCK to establish a program to introduce disadvantaged youth to the slopes, give us a QUACK!” – SkiDUCK

We provide free lift pass / equipment use / instruction to mostly Stockton middle school and high school students.

Our tentative schedule is all non-holiday Sundays.

Dec. 16; Jan. 6, 13, 27; Feb. 3, 10, maybe 24, March 3, 10, 17 ,24, 31; April 7, 14, 28; maybe May dates if snow holds out.

We can provide Squaw comps in return for your volunteer service. We need beginner level instructors for snowboard and skiing. Group lesson is 1.5 to 2 hours in the morning. As a thank you, we will comp you a lift ticket for the day. If you already have a season pass, we can comp a friend or family member of your choosing.

We also need someone to help us find and book a bus suitable for trips to Squaw Valley from the Stockton area.

If interested, please contact Ron Schwartz – best way is by SMS/text Ron at 559.207.4425 or by email at
SkiDuck’s Representative Since 2010 for San Joaquin Valley.

Advance Thanks & Pray for snow!

Read more about SkiDUCK at www.skiduck.org

To donate funds, skis, snowboards, boots, gloves, winter clothing, ski/snowboard helmets to SkiDuck, contact them directly:

By e-mail:
By phone: 775-287-6464

Purchase merchandise at https://www.cafepress.com/skiducks which will also help fund their program

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