Myles Chisholm
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July 26, 2012
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High Fives Session at Woodward Tahoe a success

The first week of July, the High Fives Foundation joined Woodward Tahoe at Boreal Mountain Resort to co-host a camp for young athletes to practice new stunts safely and in a fun way. It was a successful first-time event with guest coach and professional skier Ian Compton along with JT Holmes and Woodward Tahoe’s great coaches. With the help of the campers, High Fives raised money and set a model for future camps, opportunities and projects for the two organizations.

The High Fives week at Woodward was awesome. During the first week of July, 21 campers came to practice and perform stunts on skis, snowboards, skateboards and bikes both inside Woodward Tahoe’s new “Bunker,” and if that weren’t enough, outside on snow at Boreal.

Compton, a professional Line Skis team athlete, coached the young athletes along with Woodward Tahoe’s best coaches. As the week was about having a good time, many fun contests took place, including a penguin-slide contest down one of the wooden ramps, a cheese-eating contest for Compton’s new goggles, and a butt-sliding contest on one of the boxes up on the mountain. Compton also taught the campers how to do one-footed rail slides and demonstrated how to ski in shorts. It was an all-day, non-stop schedule of fun from 8:30 in the morning to 9 at night, with lots of time to practice on the trampolines, in the foam pits, in the skate park and on the jumps.

Woodward Tahoe was the best facility to host the High Fives Session. Woodward Tahoe offers lots of great equipment for the athletes who come to practice new stunts before they do them on snow, including trampolines and jumps into foam pits that athletes hit with roller skis and roller boards. Compton mentioned that Woodward Tahoe is a family-oriented place and not only that, but a place where kids come first, not pros. Those who love action-packed, non-stop days of fun will love Woodward Tahoe because of the crazy, non-stop schedule, not to mention the Olympic fly-bed trampolines that boost athletes way higher than a normal trampoline.

The collaboration between Woodward Tahoe and the High Fives Foundation was successful in promoting safety for young athletes in such a way that they can still have fun without getting injured. High Fives introduced their B.A.S.I.C.S. (Be Aware and Safe In Crazy Situations) program to the young athletes with the help of professional skier JT Holmes.

The B.A.S.I.C.S. program provides safety for athletes before they get injured by teaching world-class fundamentals. As a result, no campers got hurt over the course of the week. As well, High Fives raised a bit of money for two kids to join a later dryland camp at Woodward Tahoe for Sessions 8 or 9. Woodward Tahoe Marketing Director Jon Slaughter thought that the collaboration between the two organizations was extraordinary because it fit in perfectly with Woodward Tahoe’s goal of “anchoring action sports greatness in a safe and progressive environment.”

This is not the only B.A.S.I.C.S. camp for High Fives, either. They are planning one this winter for skiing and snowboarding and not only winter sports, but others such as parachuting, biking, skateboarding and other action sports. The High Fives Foundation will also be raising money for the expansion of the CR Johnson Healing Center through an upcoming bocce tournament, a charity car wash and a rafting trip. They will also be doing an adaptive surf trip to Southern California with Josh Dueck, John Davis, Landon McGauley and others.

The High Fives week at Woodward Tahoe went amazing. All the athletes had so much fun, no one got hurt, and with the help of campers, they raised money for two more athletes to come train at Woodward’s next dryland camp. As well, they set up future camps and more opportunities for High Fives and Woodward to teach young athletes how to progress safely in their favorite action sports. The High Fives camp at Woodward Tahoe is highly recommended.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 26, 2012 05:23PM Published Jul 26, 2012 05:20PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.