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NFL Adopts Meiya Chaka as League’s First Black Women’s Field Official – NFL Sports

The NFL has hired Maia Chaka as the game official for the 2021 season, making her the first black woman to join the league’s field official staff.

Chaka joins Sarah Thomas as the only woman to play the NFL game. Thomas was hired in 2015 and was part of the crew working at the Super Bowl LV last month. The NFL announced the adoption of Chaka in the “Today” show segment on Friday morning.

In a statement released by the league, Chaka said, “I’m honored to be on the board of the NFL, but this moment is more than a personal achievement. It’s all women, my community, and It’s an achievement for my culture. “

The NFL updates its board of directors annually as existing groups retire, retire, and change positions. Substitutes are typically selected from the league’s official development program, which consists of officers of various levels identified as having potential for promotion. Chaka participated in the program in 2014.

Troy Vincent, Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations at the NFL, said: “When we celebrate Women’s History Month, Maia was the first black female officer to pioneer and inspire us to normalize women on the football field.”

The complete list of 2021 NFL officers has not yet been finalized.

The NFL has been working to diversify its executive and coaching ranks. In 2020, the league celebrated its first match against the all-black official crew. In addition, six women participated in the 14 coaching staff who participated in the playoffs last season.

– NFL Sports

NFL Adopts Meiya Chaka as League’s First Black Women’s Field Official

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