Leigh Anne Tuohy hopes to teach Dothan about the value of education and the power of the individual when she visits here in March.
Tuohy, featured in the Academy Award-nominated film “The Blind Side”, spoke with local media Monday via a telephone press conference. She spoke about her family’s experience in taking Michael Oher into their home and what that experience can teach others. Tuohy will give a keynote address at the Dothan Civic Center on March 7 about how individuals can make a difference in their community. The event will benefit the Dothan Education Foundation.
Tuohy said her experience with Oher, who recently won the Super Bowl along with his Baltimore Ravens teammates, illustrated the power of individuals to make a difference in the lives of people society has undervalued.
Tuohy said while not everyone has the resources to adopt a disadvantaged youth like her family did, what they can do is commit time to community efforts to help others. She said even just providing youths with good examples of hard work and industriousness can be helpful to inspire them to overcome disadvantages.
Tuohy said that while making these efforts has a price, the rewards make it worthwhile. She said her family vastly benefited from bringing Oher into their household, learning valuable lessons about thankfulness, humility and unconditional giving.
“Every day with Michael was like Christmas,” she said.
Tuohy also exhibited some of her trademark toughness when speaking about how parents can be effective in guiding their children. She said too many parents try to be their children’s friend instead of being the authority figure and role model that children need. She advocated an active role for parents in their children’s lives.
“If your kids have you locked out of their Twitter and Instagram, then you are stupid,” she said.
Tuohy also described the elation she felt when she watched her adopted son and the Ravens win the Super Bowl. She said after the game Oher embraced her. A reporter commented that he was getting her all sweaty, but she didn’t mind.
“It was the best cologne I’ve worn in my whole life,” she said.
Balcony tickets can be purchased for $25 and $40 each and are on sale through the Dothan Civic Center Box Office. Meet-and-greet tickets are available and tables which include dinner are also available for purchase. Parties interested in these options or in assisting with sponsoring the event can contact Tami Culver at email@example.com or at 334-794-6585.