Poet Amanda Gorman, the instant breakout star of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, will recite an original poem at the upcoming Super Bow LV.
The National Football League made the announcement on Wednesday, revealing that Gorman will participate in the pregame ceremony ahead of the Feb. 7 game.
Gorman’s poem will recognize three honorary Super Bowl captains chosen by the NFL. The three everyday heroes are Trimaine Davis, a Los Angeles teacher who helped secure laptops and internet for his students during remote learning, Suzie Dorner, a nurse at the Tampa Bay General Hospital managing the COVID intensive care unit, and James Martin, a Marine veteran helping fellow families connect virtually through the Wounded Warrior Project.
At just 22 years old, Gorman became the youngest poet to ever perform at a U.S. presidential inauguration. Her powerful reading of the poem “The Hill We Climb” touched on themes of unity and hope amid the coronavirus pandemic and just two weeks after the siege on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters. In less than 24 hours, Gorman gained more than 1.1 million followers on Twitter and over 2 million followers on Instagram. She was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, and on Tuesday she signed with WME’s model management agency IMG Models.
Taking place on Sunday, Feb. 7, Super Bowl LV is a highly anticipated match-up between the defending champions the Kansas City Chiefs, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady. The Weeknd will perform at the halftime show.