Going for the gold: Benefit to sponsor U.S. Paralympic Skier Tyler 'TC' Carter


MANCHESTER >> Join Heart of the Village Yoga in welcoming U.S. Paralympic Skier Tyler "TC" Carter to a Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner, conversation, and silent auction, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 25 at the Rowland Center, Burr and Burton Academy.

Tyler, who competed in the giant slalom ski event in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will share his experiences as a young athlete competing in adaptive sports, the gift of being different, and the value of following one's dreams.

Paralympic Skier Tyler "TC" Carter is speaking at local schools to encourage students to follow their dreams, work hard, and never give up. He is speaking to students at Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester Elementary and Middle School, and Dorset School. He also spoke recently with students involved with the leadership program at BBA.

Tyler has spent much of the past year mentoring young people around the country to promote healthy living. He is also an athlete mentor with "Classroom Champions," a program that works to positively impact students in under-served communities and shows kids have what it takes to persevere, overcome and succeed. He has come to Manchester this summer to live, train, and study yoga. He lives in Winter Park, Colorado, during the winter to train and compete.

"We have brought Tyler to our community because he has a unique way of inspiring those around him, especially kids and young adults. He recognizes that everyone faces challenges in their lives, some challenges visible, some challenges invisible. He doesn't use his disability as an excuse or a crutch. Tyler has accepted his disability with grace, has broken through perceived limits to excel in alpine ski racing, and has a way of humbly helping those around him to see beyond their own personal challenges in life, whatever they might be," says Bob Speck of Heart of the Village Yoga. "Last week, he even helped me lead a few combat veterans across the Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, a hike that was especially inspirational because of the rain, wet boulders, cold temperatures, and high winds!"

Tyler was born without a fibula and had his right leg amputated as a baby. He lives life accepting his own limitations while breaking through the common barriers placed before him. Skiing provides him a pathway for self-expression and independence. Making the most of his situation, Tyler has competed at the highest level. He also spends much of his free time mentoring and inspiring other young people with disabilities.

TC has come to Manchester to study yoga as a means to improve performance while also learning another practice to help others. He currently mentors young people around the country as a mentor with "Classroom Champions," a program that inspires young people from under-served areas to learn healthy living habits.

Silent auction items feature Vermont healthy active experiences such as a SUP (standup paddling) Adventure for 4, 2 Gift Certificates to make a glass paperweight at Manchester Hot Glass, Private Yoga Sessions, Four-Some Round of Golf with cart at Stratton Golf Course, Dinner for Two at Depot 62, Four Any Day Lift Tickets, and more.

Dinner tickets, $30 for adults and $15 for age 7-17, may be purchased online athttp://bit.ly/2bv2ANw or at Heart of the Village Yoga, 3556 Main Street, Manchester, Vermont. Call 802.362.9004 with questions.

Thanks to the generosity of Burr and Burton Academy, Earth-Sky-Time Community Farm, Dina's Vermont Baking Company and students of Heart of the Village Yoga's Advanced Studies Program for making this event possible.

All proceeds will support Tyler's quest to compete in the 2017 Alpine Skiing World Championships in Italy and his ultimate goal to compete in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea. Learn more about Tyler and sponsoring opportunities at www.tcskiusa.com.


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