bluapple Poetry Network Poet Collaborates with
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders for International Women’s Day
In recognition of International Women’s Day 2020, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders partnered with Sophia Liautaud, a student from the Jason Taylor Foundation’s poetry programming, to release an inspirational video celebrating all women.
Back in November of 2019, the Dolphins approached JTF in preparation for a first of its kind dance showcase, UNIR. Looking for a student poet, the goal was to create a collaboration of two art forms, spoken word poetry and dance, that would come to life on the stage of The Broward Center for Performing Arts.
Sophia, a senior at Boca Raton Community High School and member of CORE, a youth ambassador and leadership collective as part of the Foundation’s Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, was chosen for the project.
Sophia wrote an original poem entitled “I Rise” and spent several months working with Miami Dolphins Cheer Captain, Katie Martinez, and choreographer, Natalie Chernow, to present a piece that was visually, audibly, and emotionally stunning.
Inspired by the power of what had been created by three gifted female artists, the Dolphins decided the piece could live beyond UNIR. The resulting video moves us all.