03-28-2017 - Military to the Mountains Injured Veterans Arrive at Reno-Tahoe Airport Monday
Join the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the High Fives Foundation in welcoming 22 injured U.S. military veterans and athletes - seven of whom are local - as they begin a week-long adaptive ski program, Military to the Mountains, taking place at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
Each of the military veterans was critically injured during their service to the nation and will spend a week learning adaptive skiing techniques through the Military to the Mountains program. Fifteen servicemen are set to arrive from Dallas at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., they will be joining seven participants from the Reno-Tahoe area, and the public is welcome to help greet them as they make their way to Squaw. Meet at the ski statue in the main lobby of the airport terminal.
The event commences with an honor guard and drumline processional from the gate downstairs to the ski statue. There, the veterans will be formally recognized for their military service with a high energy event and will be wished success on the ski slopes as they continue their physical and emotional recovery from devastating injuries.
The skiing project is a collaboration between the Adaptive Training Foundation based in Dallas and the High Fives Foundation based in Truckee, Calif. The Adaptive Training Foundation provides modified methods of training to restore hope to those with physical impairments, especially with members of the veteran community who are severely injured. The athletes will stay and ski at Squaw Valley with Achieve Tahoe’s adaptive ski program.
The High Fives Foundation is an official 501c.3 non-profit that supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries.