OXFORD (AP) – The University of Mississippi will name its basketball practice facility for the family that inspired the movie, “The Blind Side.”
The College Board voted Thursday to name the practice center for the Tuohy family. Sean Tuohy played basketball for Ole Miss in the early 1980s and was inducted into the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
His wife, Leigh Anne Tuohy, received the Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy in 2010.
The Memphis, Tennessee, residents’ adoption of Michael Oher, who played football at Ole Miss and in the NFL, was profiled in “The Blind Side” book and movie.
College Board documents say the Tuohys are “continuously supportive” of Ole Miss athletics and made a “significant” contribution to the university’s athletics fundraising campaign.