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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Michael Oher, Baltimore Raven And Author Of "I Beat The Odds"

Tickets to Be Given Out Saturday, Feb. 4 for Visit by Michael Oher, Baltimore Raven and Author of "I Beat the Odds"

Michael Oher, Baltimore Raven and author of "I Beat the Odds," is coming to Prince Street Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 10th to take questions and sign books for students, staff, and the community.

Free tickets to the 7 p.m. public event will be handed out at the school from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 4th.

The news of Oher’s visit has generated excitement at Prince Street, where everyone from prekindergarten through grade 5 as well as staff members have been learning about Oher's inspiring success story through study of his book "I Beat the Odds," published in 2011 and poised for paperback release on Feb. 7th.

Prince Street is partnering with Barnes & Noble in Salisbury to have paperback "I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond" books at the school Feb. 10th for purchase and signing. Barnes & Noble will have a limited number of tickets to give out to people purchasing the book at its Salisbury store once the paperback goes on sale Feb. 7th.

Oher was a born into a poor family with a drug addicted mother, but even though the odds were stacked against him he had a burning desire to break out of poverty and into a better future. He spent years in foster care and struggled through homelessness, before finally finding his path to stability and success through football and a loving foster family. Part of his story was movingly told in the 2009 movie "The Blind Side."

Oher's visit on Feb. 10th will focus on students during the day, followed by a public event at 7 p.m. for those with tickets. At both times, Oher will make brief comments, respond to questions submitted in advance, and sign paperback copies of his book. Copies of the book will be available for $16. He will not sign memorabilia, in order to serve as many people as possible.


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