Sister of NFL’s Oher to speak


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Collins Tuohy, whose home life with adopted brother Michael Oher was chronicled in the film and book “The Blind Side,” will speak at the University of Louisville Nov. 10 as part of a pep rally for UofL’s final home football game of the season.

    The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, Swain Student Activities Center. Admission is free for UofL students, staff and faculty. General admission is $5 payable at the door.

    A pep rally will kick off the event and will include student athlete appearances and a Cardinal Spirit contest. Tuohy will begin speaking at 7:30 p.m. Afterward, she will sign copies of her parents’ book, “In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving.” She wrote one of the book’s chapters.

    During her talk, Tuohy will talk about life with her adopted brother Oher, now a professional football player for the Baltimore Ravens. She is expected to address her support of adoption, literacy efforts and the importance of helping others.

    The Tuohy family’s story was first included in the book “The Blind Side: Evolution Of A Game,” by Michael Lewis. The book was adapted into the 2009 Oscar-nominated film “The Blind Side.”

    Tuohy earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Mississippi, where she also was a cheerleader, president of the Student Alumni Council, president of the Student Spirit Committee and an officer in Kappa Delta Sorority. She is on the board of The Making it Happen Foundation.

    Sponsors for the talk include the Student Activities Board, Club Programming Committee, Athletics Department, Resident Student Association, Communication Department, Panhellenic Council and Gray&38217;s Bookstore.

    For more information, contact Elizabeth Hammond at 270-577-3843 or

    Brandy Warren
    Brandy Warren is coordinator for marketing and communications in UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she manages special events and promotes UofL’s Division of Student Affairs. She previously worked at daily newspapers in Kentucky and Alabama.