The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation’s trip to Brandon, Mississippi came to a close Sunday but not without a little hang time as adaptive athlete superstars Landon McGauley and Alana Nichols hit the water ramp jump. With a prime viewing area right next to the landing zone next to a few rock crawlers and SUV’s, the rest of the crew cheered on Landon and Alana as they took turns getting towed into the jump with the coaching assistance of Bill Bowness of Unlimited Skiing.
The entire team of adaptive athletes including Mark Urich, Alana Nichols, Phil Hoban, Landon McGauley, Roy Tuscany and Steve Wallace enjoyed an amazing week on the water at Brooks Lake. To see the power and balance required to get up on a slalom ski with one leg is inspiring and to know that Mark Urich has a new sport to continue to progress in, is just awesome! Aside from each athlete gaining new muscle memory, body awareness and increased skill sets that can be transferred to downhill skiing, this trip will be memorable for the hospitality of our new friends in Mississippi. From amazing southern cooking (including Miss Ruby’s pies) to the wealth of knowledge regarding all things water skiing that was shared with our fortunate team, we are grateful.
Thank you very much to Bill and Denise Bowness, Jackie Stimpson, the Dunaway family, the Holland family, U.S. Food Service, Red Bull, Evol Foods and everyone else that came out to Brooks Lake to raise the stoke and increase the positivity prevalent on this trip!
See y’all in Tahoe this winter!