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Woman who inspired ‘The Blind Side,’ ‘clean’ comedian Ryan Hamilton are coming to RootsTech

Leigh Anne Touhy, right, and her daughter Collins Touhy speak at Utah Valley University. They are the mother and sister of NFL football star Michael Oher. The movie “The Blind Side” is the story about Oher and the Touhy family that adopted him. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 Photo by Stuart Johnson
Leigh Anne Tuohy, right, and her daughter Collins Tuohy speak at Utah Valley University on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010. They are the mother and sister of NFL football star Michael Oher. The movie “The Blind Side” is the story about Oher and the Tuohy family that adopted him.
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Leigh Anne Tuohy, who helped inspire the book and movie “The Blind Side,” and comedian Ryan Hamilton are coming to Utah for RootsTech next month.

Tuohy is most known for becoming the legal guardian of Michael Oher, an impoverished young man who went on to become an offensive lineman in the NFL. Oher’s story was featured in a 2006 book, “The Blind Side,” and made into a movie in 2009. Actress Sandra Bullock portrayed Tuohy in the film.

Jen Allen, RootsTech event director, said Tuohy’s message is perfect for the conference.

“Her story captured hearts across the country, and it demonstrates the type of person she is,” Allen said in a news release. “She has a powerful understanding of the meaning of family, inclusion and supporting one another.”

Tuohy, an advocate of adoption and charitable giving, spoke at Utah Valley University in 2010.

She will give her keynote address at RootsTech on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Hamilton, a native of Ashton, Idaho, who attended BYU-Idaho and Brigham Young University, will perform on Friday, Feb. 28.

Comedian Ryan Hamilton will perform at RootsTech on Friday, Feb. 28.
Ryan Hamilton

The popular comedian, known for his clean, wholesome humor, has made appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Conan.” He has opened for Jim Gaffigan and Jerry Seinfeld. He was also featured in a Netflix special, “Happy Face.”

Tuohy and Hamilton join former NFL running back Emmitt Smith and Pulitzer Prize winner and White House photographer David Hume Kennerly as prominent names headlining the largest family history conference in the world, scheduled to take place at the Salt Palace on Feb. 26-29.

This year’s conference marks 10 years since RootsTech started.

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Correction: An earlier version incorrectly spelled Leigh Anne Tuohy’s last name as Touhy. It also incorrectly reported that comedian Ryan Hamilton would be speaking. Hamilton will perform stand-up at the conference.