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High Fives Winter Empowerment Athlete: Landon McGauley

by HighFives
Feb 2011 - 2.6K views

The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation (Truckee, CA), recently completed the first chapter in what is known as ‘The Landon McGauley Project.’ A 15 year old skier and downhill mountain biker from Quesnel, British Columbia, Landon was involved in a mountain biking accident which left the young athlete paralyzed from the waist down due to a T-5 spinal injury . Landon: “My goal was to be able to get back on the mountain in a sit ski this winter. Now, the ultimate goal is to pursue my dream of competing in the Olympics in 2014.” From January 5-10, 2011 the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation provided an amazing trip for Landon and his family parents to Olympic Valley, CA and Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. The High Fives Winter Empowerment Fund funded the trip by securing transportation by Truckee Tahoe Transportation Inc., lodging at the Resort at Squaw Creek, adaptive lessons with Disabled Sports USA FarWest (Alpine Meadows) with Bill Bowness (a two-time paralympic medalist, respectively), Smith Optics goggles and helmet, a pair of Volkl Bridge skis, Superlite Outriggers (adaptive ski poles) and a brand new sit-ski from Freedom Factory. This great story has just begun, with the support of his loving family, friends, his home mountain of Troll Ski Resort (Quesnel, BC) and the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation the next chapter is ready to be written.

High Fives Winter Empowerment Fund Grant Recipient Landon McGauley:
“This week was the best week of my life, thanks to you guys at High Fives!”

High Fives Promotional Video

by HighFives
Feb 2011 - 6.1K views

A Tahoe based, 501.c.3 non-profit, the High Fives Foundation is dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life altering injury.

Formed in January of 2009, the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation has helped over 8 athletes to date with alternative healing, adaptive and rehabilitative equipment and the means to achieve their dream no matter the set-backs. With your support the Foundation will continue to be able to provide support, knowledge and ultimately a plan of action for the recovery of athletes following their dream. Follow the stories of Grant Korgan, Steve Wallace, Kyler Smith, John Davis and the other High Five recipients on the foundation's website.

For more information, to donate or to apply for a scholarship, please visit

Thank you ~ High Five!