Celebrate National High Five Day to Support Kids Impacted by Chronic Illness
NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY IS THURSDAY, APRIL 18TH
National High Five Day is a fun day to spread good vibes with a friendly “high five.” Thanks to the power of social media, your high five potential is limitless … you can high five on Facebook and Twitter too!
Here’s how you can help…
Take the High Five Challenge! Follow National High Five Day on Facebook and/or Twitter, and look for our special “VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE” post on Thursday morning. Simply Share or Retweet the post on Thursday, and HighFive will donate $5* to CoachArt!
History of High Five Day!
In 2002, college students at the University of Virginia created High Five Day together. In fact, one of the founders, Greg Harrell-Edge, is the Executive Director of CoachArt!
Greg is a second-generation nonprofit executive from Virginia. He was previously the Development Director of Friends of the Urban Forest in San Francisco, and has consulted for nonprofits in the arts, environment, LGBT and education sectors to optimize their online fundraising. Prior to his nonprofit work, Greg served on the staff of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and created monologue content for seasons 3 through 6 of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Greg was also a walk-on member of the basketball team at the University of Virginia, where he earned a degree in Politics.
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High Five Fun Facts
Who invented the high five? No one knows for sure, but from the basketball court to the baseball stadium, the sports world has many stories about its origins.
Dodgers High Five Story: During the last 1977 regular season Dodgers’ game, Dusty Baker hit the home run that made the team the first in history to have four players with at least 30 regular season home runs each. As Baker rounded third and headed home, Glenn Burke waited at home plate to congratulate him. In a moment that is Dodgers history but never televised, Burke greeted his teammate by raising his hand, and they slapped hands in a victorious high five.
Cardinals Basketball Story: On the Louisville Cardinals basketball court during the 1978-79 season, the team switched up their regular low-fives thanks to Wiley Brown and Derek Smith.
Out of all the triumphant sports gestures, such as the fist bump, fanny slap, fist pump, end zone dance, and chest bump, the high five seems to be appropriate for every occasion, whether you’re celebrating a good play or just spreading good vibes!
Taking the High Five Challenge helps provide arts and athletics for kids impacted by chronic illness! Don’t miss out – give a “virtual high five” this Thursday, April 18th!