Gabby Maiden: Snowboarding’s First African American Female

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Gabby Maiden began snowboarding at the age of 12.  She fell in love with the sport after her first lesson.  Thereafter, Gabby practiced and took lessons during weekend and winter breaks.  Today, she is recognized as the First African American woman of competitive snowboarding, both nationally and internationally.

Her favorite countries are Iceland, Canada, Germany, Barcelona and Japan.

On her motivation for snowboarding: “It gives me the chance to be a role model for many girls and to try to progress women snowboarding in my own way.” (On Board Mag)

Gabby also models, acts and is a self-proclaimed “ukulele enthusiast”.

Oh and she proudly rocks her ‘fro on the snow!

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Behind the Stripes: Sarah Thomas becomes the NFL’s first female referee

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Sarah Thomas is the first female to become a full-time game official in the National Football League (NFL).  She is in her second season as a side judge.

Thomas, the mother of three children, was part of the NFL’s officiating development program in 2013 and 2014.  She had worked at minicamps, training camps and exhibition games before getting hired full-time last year.

Though she wanted to work full-time at football’s highest level, Thomas did not set out to be a trailblazer.

“I never set out to be the first, but when I did speak or I was encouraged with women’s groups, it’s good to hear them ask questions how did you approach it, and for me to be able to say the National Football League had the utmost respect for me as they did any other official,” she said.

Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating said there are other women in the development program.

Cheers to painting the NFL pink!

 

Believe It and You Will See It

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From Abandonment in South Korea to NFL Ownership: Meet Kim Pegula

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Christmas came early in 1974.  An American family wishing to adopt a child from overseas was informed that a five year old Korean girl was available.  The little girl had been abandoned on a street corner in Seoul.  Today, this little girl is known as Kim Pegula, one of the most powerful women in professional sports.

Along with her husband Terry, Kim is the co-owner of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.  Kim is hands on with marketing, content, media and Public Relations.  She and her team coined the catchphrase OneBuffalo- One Team. One Goal. One Community. One Family.- celebrating the unions of the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres under the Pegula family ownership banner.

According to Forbes, the Pegulas have a net worth of $3.8 billion.

“We are proud to be able to play a role in our city’s redevelopment at a time when our country has never been closer together, Kim said to DemocratandChronicle.com