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Maia Chaka Makes History As First Black Female To Work As An NFL Referee

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National Football League has made a bombshell disclosure on Friday evening after it has selected Maia Chaka as the first black female ever appointed to the officiating staff of the NFL. She is now part of the NFL roster of game officials for the 2021 season.

Chaka has secured her bachelor’s degree in education from Norfolk State University in 2006. She then started her teaching and officiating career.  She became a health and physical education teacher in the Virginia Beach public school system. Maia has been devoted to enhancing the lives of children throughout her professional life.

She has joined the NFL’s officiating development program in 2014. Chaka is among one of two women serving as NFL referees and joins Sarah Thomas at the game’s highest ranks seven years after made history jointly at the FBS level.

After earning an official position in NFL, she commented that this is not just her success but the success of her community, her culture, and the success of all black women. NFL VP Executive stated that she has earned this position with her hard work, and dedication.

In the month of women, this is the greatest accomplishment as she has been selected as the first black female official in NFL. She inspires others to make a trend of appointing women on the football field.


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