August 31, 2015

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Monday Open Thread: Black Women In The NFL

Good Morning POU!
It’s that time of year again! smilie_sp_045
This week we’ll feature sistahs working in various aspects of the National Football League – and not as scantily clad eye candy gyrating on the sidelines! The first featuree is an HBCU alum trailblazing her way through the NFL’s prestigious officiating crews.

Maia Chaka

To foster its next generation of permanent officials, the NFL runs an “Advanced Development Program” for twenty-one officials who have excelled at the college level. As the league describes it, “these officials — who are among the very elite of collegiate officiating — are evaluated by the league to answer one question: Do they have the potential to succeed in the NFL?”

Among those under evaluation is Maia Chaka, a physical education teacher from Virginia Beach. Chaka was named to the prestigious program last offseason following in the footsteps of, among others, fellow Conference USA official Sarah Thomas who has been an NFL official-in-training since 2013.

Growing up in Rochester, N.Y., Maia Chaka played “pretty much every sport under the sun” — except football.

“After all my playing days were done, officiating was a way of staying involved in sports,” Chaka said. “I chose football because I was never able to play it.” [Continue Reading…]

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