Subject of "The Blind Side" & Adoptive Brother to Michael Oher
You may best know SJ 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.
Sj Tuohy earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications with a specialization in journalism and marketing from Loyola University Maryland. As an undergrad, he lettered 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. A highlight of his career, he is “getting a bucket” at historic Allen Field House against Kansas.
After graduating early from Loyola, SJ furthered his academic life at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He earned a master’s degree in Humanistic Studies while also playing football, twice being selected team captain. He coached in the fall 2017 at SMU where the Mustangs obtained their best home record since 1982 and first winning season since 2011. SJ then proceeded to the staff at the University of Arkansas serving as the Assistant Director of Football Operations, Special Assistant to the Head Coach, and Director of Player Personnel. After Arkansas, SJ moved to Lynchburg where he served as The Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations for the Liberty Flames football team. He is also nearing completion of his doctorate in the business school through Doctoral Strategic Leadership program at Liberty. SJ has taken on a new role as the Director of Football Operations for University of Central Florida Athletics.
In addition to academics and athletics, SJ has also played the piano for over 20 years, is an avid reader and writer with work appearing in several online publications, and enjoys biking and being outdoors. He serves on the boards of the Making It Happen Foundation and the Tempo Foundation while also volunteering for numerous organizations.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
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The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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