Tyler Smothers Is The Arc’s Achieve with us Contest Winner!

Tyler Smothers

Tyler Smothers

Between June and August, The Arc invited people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to share their stories of achievement in an online contest on our Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/thearcus. More than 25,000 votes were tallied for 119 contestants to narrow the field down to the top 10 finalists in The Arc’s Achieve with us Contest. Then The Arc had the difficult task of determining who would ultimately win the Grand Prize of a trip for two for two days to Washington D.C. to share their story of achievement with The Arc’s National Office and a chance to talk with their representatives on Capitol Hill. Every single story was an inspiration and each contestant should be applauded for their remarkable achievements.

But we did have to choose just one winner, and the winner is Tyler Smothers from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For four years, Tyler has been the driving…or, rather bicycling…force behind an annual bike riding fundraiser for The Arc of East Central Iowa. Read Tyler’s winning entry here. Because of that achievement we are proud to invite Tyler to Washington, D.C. When we told Tyler he was the Grand Prize winner, he said “This is the most exciting and coolest day ever. I would love to see Mr. Obama and Michelle!” While meeting the President may not be possible (this time), The Arc is arranging a trip to the Capitol for a chance for Tyler to talk to his representatives in Congress in November. ABILITY Magazine will feature Tyler in an upcoming issue and we’ll post news about his trip on the blog in early November, so check back.

10 thoughts on “Tyler Smothers Is The Arc’s Achieve with us Contest Winner!

  1. Way to go Tyler! Your efforts for your community are so admirable and inspiring – may you have a blessed trip to Washington and continue to have a blessed life…it is apparent what a blessing you are!

    A Fan

  2. Can you tell me where Tyler purchased his tricycle? I have been trying to find one exactly like that for my son. Thank you and Congratulations!

      • Adriana,
        The bike Tyler is using in the picture is actually from a company called Rifton, they make theraputic children and adult tricycles. Tyler has been riding that for over 11 years, and it has been wonderful! We are looking at a new one though, that is lower to the ground and easier to get him on and off and that is through Freedom Concepts, a company out of Canada. Hope this helps!

  3. would like to congraulate Tyler hope to meet him in person hope that he will be attending the convention in Denver,

  4. i would like to congradulate Tyler for being winner hope to get to meet him in person out in Denver at the convention

  5. Barbara,
    Sorry but the convention hits the same weekend as his fundraiser and bike ride! And he won’t want to miss that! Thanks for asking.

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