Highfive Gives Back as the Official Sponsor for National High Five Day, Benefiting CoachArt

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virtual-high-five-postApril 18th was National High Five Day! More than 1,700 people around the world shared their high fives to make a difference in the lives of children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

On Thursday’s big day – high fives made a big impact thanks to National High Five Day’s official sponsor, Highfive!

For every share or retweet of the “Virtual High Five” post on Facebook and Twitter, Highfive donated $5 (up to $10,000) to CoachArt to help us bring free arts and athletics lessons to children impacted by chronic illness.

As of midnight on National High Five Day, there were 1,675 shares of the virtual high five (1,443 on FB and 232 on Twitter) which earned $8,375 in donations for CoachArt.

BUT the virtual high five had been reposted on Instagram and got 30,000+ likes there!

So the amazing sponsors at Highfive made the decision to donate the FULL $10,000 to CoachArt to provide free arts and athletics to kids impacted by chronic illness! Thank you to everyone who made the world a better place by sharing a virtual high five on National High Five Day!

Highfive Brings Smiles to Kids Impacted by Chronic Illness

“As the premier sponsor of National High Five Day, Highfive is bringing smiles to thousands of kids impacted by chronic illness,” said CoachArt Executive Director and National High Five Day Co-founder Greg Harrell-Edge. “The Highfive team shares our vision of having fun while doing good, and we’re proud to have Highfive again as a partner.” This is the third consecutive year Highfive has supported CoachArt and their families.

Approximately 27 percent of children in the United States live with a chronic health condition, such as asthma, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Founded in 2001 by Leah Bernthal and SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie, in memory of his father, Dr. Arthur Lurie, CoachArt provides free arts and athletics to kids ages 5-18 years who have been impacted by a chronic health condition.

highfive_300x300-horizontaHighfive is on a mission to democratize high-quality, reliable video conferencing—from the desktop to meeting rooms—so that every company can have access to seamless, affordable video conferencing. Its team is dedicated to giving back in its own backyard through creative sponsorships and partnerships that propel connection, collaboration and community.

“We are thrilled to partner with a non-profit that is making a significant difference in the lives of our local community and children, many who feel isolated because of their chronic conditions,” said Joe Manuele, CEO of Highfive. “At Highfive, we’re transforming connections and building connected cultures in the modern workplace, and we extend this mission to building community across those affected by chronic illness.”

In addition to its role as the premier sponsor of CoachArt, Highfive is helping other children in the Bay Area as the presenting sponsor of Let Them Play Foundation’s 24 Hour World Record Speed Golf Challenge on April 22ndEric Byrnes, a former Major League Baseball player turned ultra-endurance athlete, will attempt to break a 47-year-old record set by Ian Colston, who played 401 holes (22 rounds and 5 holes) in November 1971. The 24 Hour World Record Speed Golf Challenge was created to draw attention and awareness to the increasing lack of youth activity, and to raise funds for grants for youth organizations across the nation. Byrnes will tee off Monday morning at 7:00am PDT at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Ocean Course.

Special High Five Day Moments with Children’s Author Adam Rubin

Keeping the high fives alive, we held a special giveaway where CoachArt news subscribers could Enter to Win a Free Copy of Adam Rubin’s NEWEST book, “High Five.”

Here’s “Dragons Love Tacos” author Adam Rubin reading his new book “High Five” to CoachArt students!

Big high five to Adam Rubin and Penguin Kids for this amazing opportunity!


10 Local Resources for Parents of Kids with Chronic Illnesses in Los Angeles | CoachArt CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.

CoachArt creates a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness. Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with kids for free one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. We invite you to get involved!

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