American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th inauguration of the President at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has selected three people who served as honorary chiefs for the Super Bowl during the coronavirus pandemic, along with inaugural poet Amanda Gorman for an original poem.
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that educator Trimaine Davis, nurse manager Suzie Dorner, and Navy veteran James Martin will be attending the coin toss on February 7th in Tampa, Florida. The trio were selected to embody the NFL’s “It Takes All of Us” message this season.
Gorman, the country’s first national youth poet laureate, recited “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration in Biden on January 20th. She will recite her pre-game poem about the pre-game effects of the trio, which will be televised and shown at Raymond James Stadium.
Davis made sure his students and their families got devices and internet access in Los Angeles, and also hosted technical workshops to make the devices easier for people to use.
Dorner, who lost two grandparents to COVID-19, is the COVID ICU nurse manager at Tampa General Hospital, representing health care workers across the country as an Honorary Captain.
Martin helped veterans, high school athletes, and local youths connect virtually through the Wounded Warrior Project and live streaming events in Pittsburgh. He volunteered to broadcast every home football game for Aliquippa High School live for families to watch. He has also taken in needy children in his neighborhood.