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Walnut Creek: Newsmakers: Lesher Speaker Series – Sarah Thomas

June 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

<h1 class="tribe-events-single-event-title">Walnut Creek: Newsmakers: Lesher Speaker Series – Sarah Thomas</h1>

Newsmakers: Lesher Speaker Series seeks to nurture a community of enthusiastic conversationalists, inspired to discuss important issues with family, friends, and neighbors.

The NFL’s First Female Official. One of the Sports Illustrated 100 Most Influential NFL Figures of All Time

On April 8, 2015, Sarah Thomas was one of nine new game officials added to the NFL officiating roster for the 2015 season, becoming the first full-time female official in NFL history. Her history-making game happened on September 13, 2015 between Kansas City and Houston. Her hat, whistle and flag from that game are now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

She began her football officiating career in 1996 when she attended a meeting for aspiring football officials with her brother, Lea. She worked 10 years in high school, doing as many pee- wee, middle school and junior varsity games as she could possibly do. In 2007, she was hired by Conference USA. This was another history-making milestone as Sarah became the first female to officiate for the NCAA’s Major College Football Bowl Division. The hard work allowed her the opportunity to work numerous bowl games, championship games, and All-Star games, giving her exposure to NFL officials who were scouting other officials. Learn more about Sarah Thomas.

Running Time: approx. 90 minutes, with no intermission

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June 6
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr,
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 United States
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(925) 943-7469


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