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Violet Palmer: Ball is on her court

Scared out of her wits, Violet Palmer made history Halloween night in 1997 when she became the first woman to officiate a regular-season NBA game.  The former Division II basketball player has since gone on to referee more than a thousand games at the highest level of basketball, including the NBA playoffs.

Division II coach pushed Palmer to break NBA gender barrier

Violet Palmer won national women’s basketball championships at Cal Poly Pomona before making history as the first woman to officiate a regular season NBA game.

Division II success stories highlight Convention general session

Houston Astros chairman and principal owner Jim Crane, FOX & Friends host Brian Kilmeade and gender-barrier breaking NBA official Violet Palmer will discuss the impact of their student-athlete experience during the Division II General Session on Friday morning, Jan. 17, at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina.

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