SUBOA Making The Call


THURSDAY, AUGUST 15th, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

MIST 46 W. 116 STREET, HARLEM, NY 10026

SUBOA-MAKING THE CALL    SANDRA NIXON •  USA • 2018 • Documentary/Sports

tells the story of how 8 men from Harlem blew the whistle for equality in basketball.

SUBOA stands for Sports United Benevolent Officials Association and has been preparing men, and women, for basketball officiating for over fifty years. Current members, and past  graduates, officiate on the NBA, NCAA, JUCO, and High School levels. The filmmaker and members of the organization will be in attendance for Q & A.

This story also documents the fraternity of basketball officials, Sports United Boro-Wide Officials’ Association- SUBOA, who’ve refereed, and supervised, competitive youth, and adult, basketball games throughout New York City.



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SUBOA: Making The Call

I am proud to be a NYSUBOA member for more than 20 years! I’ll be at the screening. See you there!


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MAGBO Spring Basketball Camps

MAGBOYou have a choice in professional development.

The Basketball Officials Proficiency Course (BOPC) is an interactive program designed to provide women’s basketball officials with an in-depth study of the rules, mechanics, and positioning.

In Position Camp is a teaching camp.  Your mechanics, positioning and game management skills will be assessed and evaluated by experienced court clinicians and assignors in attendance.

(Click titles for registration forms)

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Ken Hudson, NBA Pioneer

IAABO Black Caucus

As we observe Black History month and watch on television all the officials of color, it is good to remember that someone had to be the first. In the NBA that first person was Kenny Hudson. The following is his obituary reprinted from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette dated 05/17/2012:

Kenneth Samuel Hudson made history in 1968 by becoming the first African-American full-time referee in the National Basketball Association, but his legacy stretches far beyond the court. The pioneering Pittsburgh native spent four years officiating in the NBA before working in Boston and Atlanta in an executive capacity at Coca-Cola and as vice president of community affairs for the Boston Celtics Limited Partnership.

Mr. Hudson died May 9 in hospice care in Atlanta. He battled prostate cancer since 1997 and suffered brain damage in a recent fall. He was 72. The night after his death, the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics tipped…

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Leon Barrett Funeral Arrangements


Granby’s Funeral Home 

4021 White Plains Road

Bronx, NYto Follow

Friday, February 1, 2019

Wake: 5-6:30 

Service. 6:30 – 7:30

Repast to Follow
550 Balcom Ave
Bronx, NY 10465
8pm – 12am

condolencesI am going to miss Leon Barrett. What a great guy. I was lucky to spend a lot of time with him when his son Andre’s star was ascending at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Soundview section of the Bronx. –  Chuck Vasser


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