We live for an amazing #blackgirlmagic story, and #MaiaChaka has just given us another one!
The NFL hired its first Black official, Burl Toler, in 1965.
When the announcement came in March that she would be added to the NFL officiating roster, Chaka said she was personally honored.
“But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment,” she said. “It is an accomplishment for all women, my community, and my culture.”
Chaka has made a career officiating college football and is a health and physical education teacher in Virginia Beach public schools. She joined the NFL’s Officiating Development Program in 2014.
According to @npr, Maia recently made history as the very first black woman to officiate an NFL game. The moment, which she said is one of her proudest, happened during Sunday’s game between the New York Jets and the Carolina Panthers.
“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—click the link in our bio to read more! (📸: @gettyimages)