This last week the University of North Carolina at Pembroke held their annual Cash Bash Fundraiser in the English E. Jones Center. The fundraiser featured one of the NFL’s referees in Brad Allen, who also was returning to his alma mater. Allen talked about being brave and he related that to his journey to become an NFL referee and how his journey continues today.
The Lumberton, North Carolina native Brad Allen originally began his referee career at the high school level and then later the ACC level where he officiated the 2012 Rose Bowl. Allen made his NFL debut as an official in 2014 when originally he was to be an umpire but when long time official Mike Carey announced his retirement, Allen was given the referee position which had not been given to a rookie referee since 1962. Outside of refereeing for the NFL, Allen is also the CEO of a non-profit organization.
This last week NFL referee Brad Allen returned to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, to deliver a speech at their annual Cash Bash Fundraiser. Allen spoke about bravery and related the message to his journey in life and his 31 years as a referee. The event had an amazing turnout with over 350 attendees and as of this year the fundraiser has raised over 150,000 dollars for the universities 17 varsity programs.
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