Recruit, Retain & Celebrate Sports Officials
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Umpires Biggest Fan
Don’t miss the heartwarming story of young Vincent Stio and his adoration of umpires from this 2018 NASO Sports Officiating Summit presentation.
Who, What, When, Where, Why … Why Not?
Key data points from the historic 2017 NASO officiating survey. Hard data is presented on why and how officials start, why they get out, and the most critical elements needed in recruiting campaigns.
Time Out: The Culture of Referee Abuse
Nineteen-year-old Basketball Referee Zach Altman was no stranger to the uniformed lectures and snide remarks that came along with his job on the court. What he initially interpreted as seemingly innocent comments from overzealous parents and coaches, quickly escalated into physical confrontations towards him and his colleagues.
Patient Story: NC Basketball Referee Legend Jimmy Fuqua on Life with a VAD Heart Pump
Jimmy Fuqua has refereed high school and college basketball in North Carolina for well over 40 years, before being admitted to the Cardiac Cath Lab at Moses Cone Hospital in January of 2015 and diagnosed with end stage heart disease. Watch the video to see his heartwarming story and celebrate his final game as a referee at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
These links will take you to inspiring stories and the power of positive outreach in the officiating industry.
Young boy dreams of becoming an umpire (CBS Evening News)
In a world of minor league baseball, where most young fans want nothing more than to meet a real player, 10-year-old Vincent Stio from North Carolina idolizes umpires. We take a trip to the ballpark where he gets into character. Steve Hartman reports.
Officials vs. Cancer (Boston 25 News)
Officials are as human as anyone else, and that’s clear in this inspirational story of youth and prep basketball referee Lou Levine and his efforts to raise money and awareness in the battle fight cancer.
Good call by Missouri h.s. referee gives fan with Down syndrome a moment in spotlight (FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV)
BARNARD, Mo. — One referee is receiving praise for an unusual call he made prior to a high school basketball game last week.
Referee Don Lawrence invited a fan in the first row to toss the jump ball at the beginning of the game.
Dee Kantner: Calling the Shots (AARP)
Meet the trailblazing basketball referee who became the first female NBA referee alongside Violet Palmer in 1997. She turned a side passion into a full-time career and rebounded after being fired. She describes how the most devastating moment in her career taught her to persevere.
Jawahir Roble: The Referee Experience (History Channel)
Meet Jawahir Roble–also known as Jawahir Jewels, or JJ. Learn how she became the only FA-qualified ethnic Muslim official currently working in the sport, and how she patrols the pitches on the infamous Hackney Marshes in East London.