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Give Back Tahoe: High Fives Foundation inspires mountain athletes

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Grant Korgan is among athletes who have benefited from High Fives help.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The High Fives Foundation is an inspiring Tahoe-based non-profit that operates in the realm of "mountain action sports." Their mission is to support the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who have suffered a life-altering injury.

They do this in three ways:

The Empowerment Fund: High Fives provides grant funding towards the recovery goals of athletes with major injuries (such as spinal cord injuries, amputations, traumatic brain injuries or other mobility limiting). Grants can go to healing treatments, adaptive sports/equipment or other necessary means to give an athlete a hand up from their injury. Since 2009, they have helped 102 athletes from 21 states across the country.

B.A.S.I.C.S. (Being Aware Safe In Critical Situations): They also produce a combination ski film/PSA about one safety topic annually. These films, called B.A.S.I.C.S. movies, are toured around locally and nationally to schools, ski clubs, and mountain resorts to entice winter sports enthusiasts to make good decisions in the mountains. This program was created in partnership with local extreme athlete JT Holmes. The five documentaries to date have reached an audience of over 150,000. All content of the High Fives Foundation is available free online.

The CR Johnson Healing Center: The High Fives Foundation also operates the CR Johnson Healing Center. Named in memory of local professional skier CR Johnson who passed away in 2010, the Healing Center is a 2,400 sq/ft wellness facility in Truckee, California that offers an extensive range of healing and health modalities for athletes in recovery and community members. Last year, the Healing Center saw over 4,000 visits. Sign up for community classes or wellness appointments with the staff at http://www.crjohnson.org.