MAKING HISTORY: Violet Palmer Becomes First Woman to Ref an NBA Game
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating with 31 days of women's history! Every day in March, we will highlight an historic moment, as told through the personal stories of our MAKERS.
Today we celebrate Violet Palmer, the first female NBA referee! Passionate about sports since she was a little girl, Palmer played a variety of sports growing up. It was basketball, though, that landed her a college scholarship and the opportunity to play for a coach who encouraged her to pursue refereeing.
Although incredibly nervous to officiate that first NBA game, Palmer relaxed after her first call and hasn't looked back. In her own words:
"I was given an opportunity. I just put two feet forward. Not only did I jump, I ran through the door. And I'm still running."