On December 27, 2012 Max Elles crashed into a hidden water bar while snowboarding at Killington Resort (VT). Immediately, the promising young snowboarder knew he had broken his back. The next 43 days were spent in two hospitals; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical and Spaulding Rehab Hospital.

Initially paralyzed from the waist down, Elles has since regained the ability to not only walk, but also snowboard again. Elles’ success can be attributed to the local Killington community and The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, which awarded him several grants to assist in his recovery.

Included in the generous lineup of support from the grants, Elles was able to train and recover at elite facilities such as Wayne’s World Elite Fitness Training, Nice Touch Massage, Optimum Health Acupuncture, Burlington Body Therapy, Touchchi Bodywork & Massage, and Body Wellness Hawaii.  Recovery tactics included Structural Integration, massages, neuro pilates, and acupuncture.

Elles’ progress wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation and the inspiring fellow adaptive athletes he’s met at events across the country. Moving forward, Elles hopes to regain as much strength, balance, and mobility as possible.

Photo courtesy of High Fives Foundation.

Elles plans to attend the 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in Vermont on Sunday, August 13th. Switching up locations this year, the event, hosted by GoPro, Vermont North Ski Shop, and Kingsbury Companies, will be held at the Killington Golf Course. The Lunch will be sponsored by Max Elles’ family business First Stop Board Barn and the after party will be hosted by Phil & Joy Black at the Lookout Tavern.

Max, Randy, Bill, & Coral Elles hope you can either make the event or a donation to this incredible foundation.

"We are absolutely stoked to host the Annual High Fives charity golf tournament here at the

Killington Golf Course," said Dave Beckwith, Director of Golf and Snow Sports at Killington

Resort. "We feel our fun and engaging environment matches well with the High Fives brand.

This should be a memorable event, and we are honored to support this terrific cause."

At 2:00pm the 36 teams will load their carts, make their way to the course and compete for

Prizes. Throughout the day there will be an array of on-course challenges like Longest Drive, Baseball Bat Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and the Air Cannon drive. Dinner and awards will follow.

Event Information:

  • Date: Sunday, August 13th, 2017
  • Event Timeline:

Any 5th Annual High Fives Foundation Charity Golf Tournament questions can be directed to Steve@highfivesfoundation.com.

Location: Killington Golf Course (227 E Mountain Rd, Killington, VT 05751)

Cost: $700/team ($175 per team member) and $200/single golfer (without a team) Tournament Includes: 18 holes of golf at Killington golf course, a Travis Mathew golf shirt, Titleist golf balls, Darn Tough socks and snacks from local sponsors Tournament Format: Four-man scramble

12:00pm: Event registration opens 12:30pm: Lunch

1:00pm: Break the Glass

1:45pm: Announcements and group photo 2:00pm: Shotgun start

8:00pm: Dinner at the Lookout Tavern

July 27, 2017 — Becca Zidik