GREENSBORO, N.C. – This year’s United Way 2018 Community Speaker Series keynote speaker is Leigh Anne Tuohy, the real person behind the character in The Blind Side and New York Times best-selling author.
Tuohy is the adoptive mother of NFL Super Bowl Champion, Michael Oher, who was a teenage homeless foster child, when she met him.
At the event, Tuohy shared her story of what happened after Michael [Oher] came into her family's life.
There was no agenda, there was no plan; there was a young man that society had deemed valueless, that no cared about, that wore the same outfit every day, that had been in 20 plus foster homes, that didn’t go to second grade, that didn’t go to fifth grade, had never had a bed, had never had a family, had never had a support system, had never been told he was loved... had never, had never, had never, had never! And all we did was what United Way does every day.
Tuohy highlighted the importance of recognizing an individual’s full potential in our community to inspire to recognize the value in others.
"We all take risk, it’s what you choose to take a risk on," Touhy said in her speech. "Get out of your comfort zone. United Way is taking risk on people every day, take a risk on these people: They deserve it."
Tuohy’s personal journey was documented by Michael Lewis’ New York Times best-seller, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, and later in the 2009 film, The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock as Tuohy.
United Way of Greensboro says their Community Speaker Series brings people from across the community to learn together, connect with one another, and be inspired while supporting the work of United Way.
This year’s event is hosted by United Way’s Women United and VF Corp as resenting sponsor.