How did she become the first NFL women ref? There are so many great things about her story. Sarah is a bit of a trail-blazer in the “girls in football” arena. She was the first woman to ref a Big 10 game, the first to ref a college bowl game, and now, the first to be hired as a full time ref for the NFL.
Here are four article that address Sarah Thomas from different perspectives:
Spotted in stripes: among the referees on football gamedays, Sarah Thomas hides in plain sight-breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes.
Matt Pitt. Mississippi Magazine.
30.1 (September-October 2011) pS26. Word Count: 1197. Reading Level (Lexile): 1080. From General OneFile.
Thomas ‘honored’ to be 1st full-time women ref.
New York Post (New York, NY).
(Apr. 9, 2015) Sports: p048. Word Count: 443. Reading Level (Lexile): 1350. From Gale Biography In Context.
NFL names first female official.
(Apr. 8, 2015) Word Count: 438. Reading Level (Lexile): 1200. From General OneFile.
Officiating trailblazer shares her spirit.
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, MS).
(Jan. 23, 2015) Business News: Word Count: 417. Reading Level (Lexile): 1170. From General OneFile.