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Tuohys of "The Blind Side" to speak at Centre

Tuohys of "The Blind Side" to speak at Centre

9/17/2013 | University Communications

Evansville’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series will host Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, whose story was featured in the book and blockbuster movie The Blind Side, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, in The Centre’s Aiken Theatre.

The lecture is free and tickets are not required for admission. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The Tuohys will sign copies of the book following the lecture.

Beginning in 2004, the Tuohys took in and eventually adopted Michael Oher, an African American teen who was being raised by his crack-addicted mother in the Memphis projects. With the love and support of the Tuohys, Michael improved as a student and became one of the most sought-after players in college and professional football.

Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy will share their personal observations – from seeing Michael for the first time to how the experience changed the Tuohys as a family (which also includes daughter Collins and son Sean, Jr.)  

“Michael had a much greater impact on our lives than we did on his life,” Leigh Anne Tuohy said. The Tuohys continue their mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and motivate deserving but underserved youth.

Evansville’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series is a collaborative effort among the City of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville, Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, and area businesses committed to the support of diversity within the community.  The series seeks to engage Evansville and surrounding communities to explore, appreciate, and celebrate the diversity of race, culture, and ethnicity. 

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