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She’ll Be at the Big Game Today. And So Will They.

People from around the world will be at today’s Super Bowl LIV in Miami—as will several local businesses from Palm Beach County.

And so will at least one local reporter we know: Daphne Taylor of the South Florida Times. Ms. Taylor, who covers primarily Palm Beach County (PBC) for the Ft. Lauderdale-based weekly, found out late last week that she would also write about the big game in Miami. Great assignment, she says, but there’s more to the Hard Rock Stadium association than writing a news story.

“It is indeed an honor to cover the Super Bowl as a reporter,” she said, “but I am especially proud of the local businesses and organizations that will be there also. To me, that’s the big story.”

Besides Ms. Taylor, here are a few locals who’ll also be onsite:

  • Dream Big Sports Academy. The West Palm Beach-based nonprofit is based on a simple notion: that athletes are leaders too. Dream Big was founded in 2006 by Wayne Monroe, a highly educated athlete who is currently the dean of student services at John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres. Mr. Monroe took 35 kids down south from John I. Leonard and Dream Big to participate in a daylong series of workshops on January 30–during Super Bowl weekend–that’s sponsored by the national Player Networking Event, when former NFL players essentially mix with young people in the community, sharing their experiences, their values, themselves during Super Bowl. Mr. Monroe was also a team lead at one of those workshops, which focused on Financial Literacy and was in partnership with Comerica Bank; see the images below. He’s returning today, of course, for the game itself. Learn more about his work here.
Click any picture to hear Mr. Monroe pitch at the Player Networking Event.
That’s him in the red shirt. In all the pictures.
  • Flippy Magz. The Riviera Beach-based company was created in 2016 and makes reversible magnets that primarily promote college sports teams. Team Lead Delano Allen says the young business has partnered to provide products with  a host of colleges in Florida, some churches and several locals running for public office. For the Super Bowl, Flippy Magz was asked to produce more than 1,000 magnets that promotes the City of Miami on one side and the big game on the other. Watch a local broadcast report on the young company below and visit its website here.
  • McCray’s Backyard BBQ & Seafood. No surprise here: McCray’s has been selling its finger-lickin’ ribs at Super Bowl games for the last 14 years and, this year, will provide meals at five official events associated with the big game. Already, McCray’s has done several events—including this weekend’s Player Networking Event—and is scheduled to provide food at the official Super Bowl Miami Host Committee Tailgate Party today at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.  The restaurant recently opened its flagship location in Mangonia Park and hosts public events there often. Watch a local video about its work below and click here to visit its website.

It is these examples of local connectedness that inspire Ms. Taylor.

“Yes, I’m humbled to be among the thousands of great reporters from across the globe to cover this magnificent and monumental occasion,” she said, “but believe me, I am especially proud of the local businesses and organizations that have been selected to participate. My prayer is that having them be a part of such a worldwide event will take their businesses to a whole new level of success.” Read a copy of her bio here. And that’s her press pass, above, and her, below.

Daphne Taylor, longtime multi-media reporter.