Collins Tuohy Smith

Subject of The Blind Side

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Collins takes audiences through her journey with Michael from fellow student to close friend, confidant, and ultimately, adoptive sister. She discusses ways in which everyone can do something to change the life of another person. Using her own experiences as examples, she urges the audience to see the value that everyone holds and not let presumptions skew their judgment of others.

Students of all demographics and community members of all ages were so engaged and moved by her story, humor, and compassion.

- Indiana University

About Collins Tuohy Smith

Collins Tuohy Smith shares a famously close bond with her adopted brother Michael Oher. As chronicled in The Blind Side, it began when she first met Michael in the hallways of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee. As Collins grew close to Michael she helped him adjust to both Briarcrest and his new life with the Tuohy family. When Collins became Briarcrest’s Homecoming Queen, Michael was her escort, and they shared a common bond through their unique athletic pursuits: Collins won the Tennessee State Championship in the Pole Vault as Michael earned All-State honors in the discus and basketball championships.

Speech Topics

  • An Afternoon with Collins Tuohy Smith
  • Every Team is a Family: In Conversation with The Tuohy Family

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