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Best for Refs: New nonprofit helps veterans become sports officials | MilitaryTimes

Best for Refs: New nonprofit helps veterans become sports officials | MilitaryTimes

Athletics-minded veterans seeking community involvement, or some extra cash, can receive a significant head start on the path to becoming a sports official thanks to a nonprofit recently started by a former top NFL referee.

Mike Pereira, who now analyzes NFL and college calls for Fox Sports, came up with the concept for  Battlefields to Ballfields, he said, during a long drive as he pondered how close he came to becoming a service member himself: His Vietnam-era draft lottery number wasn’t chosen.

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