After making history last month as the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl, Sarah Thomas will give a virtual presentation through Northern Michigan University's Platform Personalities titled “Breaking Through: A Journey to Becoming the First Female NFL Official.” Her talk is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, and can be viewed by the public via Zoom.
After having been kicked out of a men's basketball church league because she was a "girl," Thomas shifted the trajectory of her life and set her sights on the Super Bowl, according to a CNN article.
Thomas is considered a game-changer in the male-dominated sport of football. She was the first woman to officiate a major college football game, the first to officiate a bowl game and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. She was hired in 2015 as the first full-time female official in NFL history, later becoming the first woman to serve in that capacity in a Super Bowl, when Tampa Bay defeated Kansas City on Feb. 7.
Platform Personalities is a student organization dedicated to bringing educational, motivational and inspirational speakers to NMU's campus.