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Inspirational subject of “The Blind Side” coming to Stillwater

Thu, January 14, 2016


Due to inclement weather in Memphis, the Jan. 21 event featuring Leigh Anne Touhy at Gallagher-Iba Arena has been canceled.

The OSU Speakers Board apologizes for any inconvenience.

Inspirational subject of “The Blind Side” coming to Stillwater

Her story has gone from New York Times best-seller to a Hollywood blockbuster in 2009.  Now, she is headed to Oklahoma State University to share her inspirational story.  Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose story is featured in “The Blind Side,” comes to Stillwater Jan. 21 to encourage others to recognize their full potential.

Tuohy and her family, including Michael Oher, are known for their heart-warming relationship featured in both the book and the movie. Their story boldly depicts both the struggles and triumphs of building a blended family. Tuohy, a Memphis, Tenn., native, urges everyone to find the value in things others may see as valueless. After adopting her son, Michael Oher, Tuohy emphasizes Oher’s great impact on her life. Her hope is to improve people’s lives similar to how her life experiences have changed her.

Ryan Neal, Speakers Board assistant director, said the Speakers Board focus is for Tuohy to discuss being compassionate no matter what the situation.

“We want the students to walk away feeling empowered to promote positive changes in their own communities,” Neal said. “We also are excited for her to talk about giving with a purpose.”

The OSU Speakers Board will host Leigh Anne Tuohy at Gallagher-Iba Arena at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21. The event will close with a brief audience Q&A session. Admission is free for OSU students, faculty and staff with a valid OSU ID.  General admission tickets are available for the public for $10. Those tickets will go on sale Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Gallagher-Iba Arena ticket booth.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. and sign interpreters will be available at the event.

The OSU Speakers Board is a sector of the Student Government Association that works to bring top-notch speakers to the Oklahoma State University campus. SGA allocates funds to clubs and organizations for events that can be enjoyed by the entire student body. It also designs programs to better the OSU campus, community and most importantly, students’ way of life.