Rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the golfers who turned out last week for the High Fives Foundation’s annual golf tournament.
The charity event raised about $19,000 to support the recovery and rehabilitation efforts of traumatically injured winter action sports athletes. That’s more than triple what it generated three years ago, when the tournament kicked off as a fun and social way to support this awesome cause.
The foundation has provided grant funding to 43 injured athletes in 14 states, and one needs look no farther than Gray’s Crossing, the host of this year’s tournament, for evidence of its success.
Phil Hoban, the golf course superintendent at Gray’s Crossing, suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury that he says was “life-altering and devastating.”
“Roy Tuscany, the High Fives Foundation founder, was one of the first people I saw at the hospital after my injury,” Hoban said. “Grant funding I received through the Winter Empowerment Fund helped cover the costs for alternative healing therapies. Acupuncture and massage therapy were vital treatments for me. I had extensive nerve damage and these therapies woke up my nerve endings. I am proud to say that today I am 100 percent recovered. I am able to ski and do all of the activities I used to be able to do before my accident. Without the support of the High Fives Foundation, I am not sure if I would be where I am today.”
Check out the photo gallery for some pictures of this year’s contestants and winners:
Overall tournament winners
1st Place: Tahoe Mountain Donkeys (Dylan Griffin, Dirk Skillicorn, Shane Jones, and Jeff Brown)
2nd Place: Got Snow? (Jeremy Penkofski, Scott Matthews, John Parker, and Chad Corbin)
3rd Place: Rebel Fitness Academy (Ryan Egan, Mark Neave, Scott Bolan, and Patrick Bruce)