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Truckee’s High Fives to take on helping summer athletes

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The High Fives Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Truckee, has updated its mission statement to focus on increasing the number of athletes who will benefit from its program services.

High Fives will now be able to serve both the winter action and mountain action sports communities, according to a press release.

"Broadening the scope of the foundation comes at a time when on-mountain injuries are becoming all too common," Roy Tuscany, High Fives Foundation co-founder and executive director, said in a statement. "It has always been my vision to service the winter action sports and mountain action sports communities, grow the Healing Network and develop new and innovative educational and recovery programs."

Since the organization's January 2009 inception, its Winter Empowerment Fund has assisted 67 athletes from 19 states in nine funding categories, which include: living expenses, insurance, travel, health, healing network, adaptive equipment, winter equipment, programs and stoke (positive energy, outlook and attitude).

In 2014, the foundation set a budget of disbursing $196,000 via board-approved grants through the fund. By 2014's end, 29 athletes and two organizations were awarded 37 board-approved grants for a total of $249,000, according to the nonprofit.

"High Fives is the premier safety net in the winter action sports community, but we recognize the need to service the entire mountain sports community," High Fives Foundation Chairman of the Board of Directors, Galen Gifford, said in a statement. "It is the vision of the board, over the next five years, to position High Fives as the premier safety net organization of the mountain action sports community."

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Visit highfivesfoundation.org to learn more about the High Fives Foundation.