Maia Chaka Becomes First Black Woman to Officiate NFL Game

Maia Chaka made history on Sunday, becoming the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game.

“When I step on the field for the first time as an NFL official, it’s going to be a proud moment,” she said in a video posted online before her first officiated matchup. “It’s a proud moment for myself. It’s a proud moment for my family. It’s a proud moment for my community and my students and coworkers.”

Chaka noted that she was proud to be able to represent women of color in one of the most watched sports in the United States.

“This historic moment to me is an honor and it’s a privilege that I’ve been chosen to represent women and women of color in the most popular sport in America, proving that I can defy the odds and overcome and pretty much master a craft of a sport that I didn’t really play, but I have a love and a passion for,” Chaka said.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Caroline Vakil

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