The High Fives | Arcade Goal Belt Program is a 5-step program that keeps High Fives Athletes goal oriented and focused on the respective tasks at hand throughout their recoveries. Similar to the karate belt system, each achievement is rewarded with an Arcade belt containing gold stars representing the number of goals conquered, one star to five starts.
During a ski race at Boreal on March 11, 2007, 14-year-old Lyndsay Slocumb ventured into the terrain park with some fellow racers. At the first jump she went too fast, overshot the landing and fell from the height of about three stories onto her neck and back. The crash resulted in a traumatic brain injury that left Lyndsay in a coma for four weeks with internal damages to her kidney, pancreas, spleen, lungs and multiple vertebrae. When she awoke from the coma, she found herself paralyzed from the neck down from cervical spinal cord damage.
Following her 2007 injury, Lyndsay had a tremendous recovery. She is currently attending school at UNR, is an adaptive yoga instructor and plays on an adaptive rugby team in Reno.
Her goal for her first Arcade belt was to sharpen her skills on rugby court, by building quickness and speed in her quadrugby chair to become a competitive threat during games. Her specialized quadrugby chair was purchased for her with a board-approved Empowerment Grant from the High Fives Foundation. She has accomplished that goal through practice with the Sierra Storm. She has really developed her handling of her chair, and has grown comfortable with the ball on offence and defense.
As for Lyndsay’s next goals, by November 11, 2015, she hopes to translate her improved skills on the rugby court into increased playing time in competition with the Sierra Storm. Her third goal should follow suit – Lyndsay plans to score a goal during a rugby game by April 9, 2016.