In SummaryMaia Chaka made history on Sunday when she became the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game.
NFL official Maia Chaka made history on Sunday, becoming the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game.
In March, Chaka was added to the roster, landing her the honor of becoming the first Black woman ever named to the NFL’s officiating staff in the league’s history.
Prior to stepping on the field, she said she knew it would be a moment full of pride. “When I step on the field for the first time as an NFL official, it’s going to be a proud moment,” she said. “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.
She went on to say, “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.” She also hopes her new role will inspire people to step outside the box and try new things to reach their goals.
Chaka participated in the NFL’s Officiating Development Program in 2014 after officiating in college with assignments overseeing the Pac-12 Conference and Conference USA. She is also a teacher in Virginia Beach and a graduate of HBCU Norfolk State University.