You may best know S.J. Tuohy as the devoted adoptive brother to Michael Oher, the football star whose triumphant ascent from homelessness to the NFL inspired the Oscar-winning film The Blind Side. But, in the years since the Tuohys first welcomed Oher into their family, S.J. has emerged as a successful athlete, journalist, and scholar in his own right.
S.J.’s firsthand account of Oher’s story is as captivating in person as onscreen. Onstage, S.J. explores the importance that charity, faith, and drive have had in his life. His stories recalling coming of age within the Tuohy household have inspired audiences across the country. In the end he issues a simple call, for those listening to cherish kindness and hard work.
S.J. received his bachelor’s degree in Communications with a specialization in Journalism and Marketing from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. For 3 of his 4 years as an undergrad, he earned letters as a member of the basketball team. During his freshman year, he was part of the first team in Loyola history to win a post-season game, and the second to win more than 20 games. Before graduating, he received his own bucket at the historic Allen Field House, something he claims he could “only dream of as a kid.”
After graduating early from Loyola, S.J. decided to further his academic life at Southern Methodist University, where he earned a master’s degree in Humanistic Studies while also playing football. Currently he is coaching at SMU where in his first season the Mustangs obtained their best home record since 1982 and first winning season since 2011!
In addition to academics and athletics, S.J. has also played the piano for over 17 years and is an avid reader and writer. He also serves on board of the Making it Happen Foundation as well as volunteers for numerous organizations. Despite his varied schedule and interests, S.J. never passes on a chance to give back. For him, sharing his family’s story is a chance to do so. And, every audience he has spoken to thus far has wholeheartedly agreed.