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LA Educator Trimaine Davis Named Honorary Super Bowl Captain

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A longtime educator in Los Angeles has been named one of three honorary captains for upcoming Super Bowl LV.

LA Educator Trimaine Davis Named Honorary Super Bowl Captain
Los Angeles educator Trimaine Davis speaks to CBS This Morning after being named an honorary captain for Super Bowl LV. Jan. 27, 2021. (CBS)

Trimaine Davis is a retention coordinator for the VIP Scholars program at UCLA.

"I'm still very surprised. I'm probably going to be at the Super Bowl, like, this is not happening," Davis told CBS This Morning in an interview that aired Wednesday.

Davis was selected as an honorary captain for the upcoming Super Bowl for work in the community.

"Throughout his career, Trimaine has prioritized the academic success of Black students through his work with the CSU Northridge Black Male Initiative, San Diego State's Student African American Brotherhood, Afrikan Student Union, and more," the NFL said in a news release Wednesday.

During the pandemic, Davis worked to get laptops, tablets and internet access for students across Los Angeles.

"The work that we do at UCLA, there's a high focus on first generation college going students, and also students of color," Davis told CTM.

Along with Davis, nurse Suzie Dorner from Tampa and Marine James Martin from Pittsburgh.

Along with appearing at Super Bowl LV, inaugural poet and fellow L.A. native Amanda Gorman will also be performing an original poem in their honor at the big game.

"We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "During this incredibly challenging time in our lives, Trimaine, Suzie, and James have exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way. We are grateful for their commitment and proud to share their stories and recognize them during this special moment on Super Bowl Sunday."

Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs will be played Feb. 7 in Tampa. It will air on CBS2.

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