Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old West L.A.-raised Harvard grad who became an instant highlight at President Biden’s inauguration when she read her poem “The Hill We Climb,” will be taking her considerable talents to Tampa on February 7 to perform an original poem at Super Bowl LV, Variety reports.
The NFL announced Wednesday that Gorman will be part of the pre-game festivities before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off against the Kansas City Chiefs. Although the Super Bowl, which drew 99.9 million U.S. viewers last year, will likely give Gorman an even bigger audience than the inauguration did, she was earning honors long before she ever played D.C.
At 16, she became the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate at age 19. Since her inauguration performance, Gorman has only continued to soar. Her poetry collections haven’t even been published yet but she’s already locked up the top two positions on Amazon’s best-seller list, and in a unique move for a celebrated poet, she’s just signed a modeling contract with IMG, which also reps big names like Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen.
Before the winningest quarterback in pro football history takes on perhaps the only QB who could someday break his record, Gorman’s Game Night poem will celebrate three honorary Super Bowl captains recognized by the NFL as everyday heroes. The honorees are L.A. teacher Trimaine Davis, who helped students get laptops and internet service for remote learning; Suzie Dorner, a COVID-19 ICU nurse at the Tampa Bay General Hospital; and Marine vet James Martin, who helps families connect virtually through the Wounded Warrior Project.
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