DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
CCDSS First Annual Adoption Conference
Teaming Up to Adopt
November 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM
A native of New Orleans, Sean Touhy knew what it meant to be the poor kid in a private school—he had been one himself. With sports as his “meal ticket” through high school and college, Sean left home after graduating from The Isadora Newman school for the University of Mississippi on a basketball scholarship. When Sean walked off the court after his final game, he had shattered every major SEC assists-related record and had become a legend in the SEC hall of fame for leading the Ole Miss Rebels to their first ever Championship.
Sean has been an NBA broadcaster for the Memphis Grizzlies since 2001, following several years as an analyst for radio broadcasts at Ole Miss as well as national broadcasts for Westwood One and CBS radio. In addition to his demanding business, broadcasting, school and church schedules (he also helped to create one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in Memphis, the Grace Evangelical Church) Sean is heavily involved in supporting several minority students at Briarcrest Christian School. “It’s easy to beat a kid up. The hard thing is to build him up,” Sean says. With that philosophy in mind, Sean and Leigh Anne brought Michael into their home, supported him through school, and eventually adopted him as their son.
The chronicle of the Tuohy’s life, Lewis’ New York Times number one best-seller The Blind Side, went on to become a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $300 million at the box office and became the number one opening weekend sports film in history. The Tuohy family’s inspirational story has been covered all over the national media, including Katie, Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, 20/20, The Today Show, Dr. Drew, Sean Hannity, Huffington Post Live, and Huckabee, to name a few.
Only years after The Blind Side burst onto the scene, breaking box office records and inspiring individuals nationwide, Sean continues to make an impact. In July 2010, he and his wife Leigh Anne released the New York Times best-seller, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, and established their charity, The Making it Happen Foundation which promotes awareness, provides hope, and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in society.
In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving
Behind the Blind Side: Overcoming Obstacles in the Face of Adversity