It’s a Jungle Out There 2017
August 25, 2017
The Granada Theater
3524 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
Reality TV stars from an array of television shows including Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother and American Ninja Warrior gathered in Dallas to help Payne raise funds for her non-profit, Cheer 4 Your Life. The weekend kicked off on Friday, August 25 with the “It’s A Jungle Out There” party at the historic Granada Theater. Guests enjoyed an uplifting evening consisting of dinner, open bar, and silent and live auction. Entertainment consisted of inspiring musical and dance performances from Cheer 4 Your Life teen beneficiaries.
The evening’s emcee and the auctioneer was SJ Tuohy, the adopted brother of Michael Oher, whose family story was famously told in the hit movie, The Blind Side. “When my brother Michael was playing high school basketball, my Dad asked his friend Nick Saban (who was the Head Coach at LSU at that time) to come take a look at him and to let him know if he had any real talent,” said Tuohy. “It took Nick just 5 minutes of watching Michael play before he told my Dad that Michael would be a professional player in the NFL if that was what he wanted. It took Nick 5 minutes to see what society hadn’t bothered to see in 15 years – that he had the ability to be somebody special. We often do that, we disvalue people – we cast them off without giving them a real chance – and you never know how many Michael Oher’s there are out there unless you give kids a chance – and that’s what C4YL does.”
SJ Tuohy – Special Guest & Auctioneer
If the name SJ Tuohy sounds familiar to you it might be because you recognize it from the blockbuster movie The Blind Side. SJ is the youngest member of The Tuohy Family and usually most noted as being the brother of NFL offensive lineman and Super Bowl champion Michael Oher.
SJ completed his bachelor’s degree in three years from Loyola University Maryland, in Baltimore. He graduated with honors specializing in journalism and marketing. A writer at heart, SJ has been published by several notable journalism sources including The Huffington Post and Fansided.com. He earned a scholarship in three seasons lettering with the Greyhound Basketball team. His freshman year, he was part of the first team in Loyola history to win a post-season game and set the school record for wins in a season. One highlight that stays with him from college is a breakaway steal and finish in a game at the University of Kansas’ historic Allen Field House. SJ was president of Student-Athlete Advisory Council during his years at Loyola as well as being involved in numerous charitable community activities such as Boys and Girls Clubs, One Shirt One Body, Relay for Life and Making it Happen Foundation to name a few.
After graduating early from Loyola, he decided to further not only his academic life but also his athletic career at SMU. SJ completed his Master of Arts in Humanistic Studies, while also starting in all 12 of SMU’s 2016 football games – one of which included a victory over 11th ranked University of Houston. Despite only playing one season, SJ was twice named a team captain and received several awards and team recognitions. SJ has coached several youth groups and organizations in Tennessee, Maryland, and Texas in not only basketball and football but also baseball. Athletics is obviously of great interest to him!
SJ serves on his family’s Making it Happen Foundation board and has just accepted a position with the SMU football program. He never meets a stranger and fully embraces that we need to all realize that we are all much more alike than we are different!