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MPS, NFL team to bring Officiating Academy to Milwaukee

Attendees will be introduced to the rules of the game, on-field officiating mechanics and tips on how to become an official.

By - Jul 14th, 2015 04:01 am

MILWAUKEE (July 14, 2015) – Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and the NFL will host an Officiating Academy on Saturday, July 25 at Bradley Tech High School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to receive officiating instruction from the NFL, college and high school officials.

The academy is open to men and women ages 17 to 30. No experience is necessary and space is limited. Registration is available online at Participants will receive a confirmation email with additional information at a later date.

“We’re grateful to be able to team with the NFL to continue to strengthen football programs for our students by increasing the number of qualified officials,” MPS sports manager Russell Thomas said.

Attendees will be introduced to the rules of the game, on-field officiating mechanics and tips on how to become an official. Classroom instruction will take place in the morning and the afternoon will include on the field training.

“Investing in officiating at the grassroots level is investing in our future,” said Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating. “The officials we help develop today will be the NFL officials of tomorrow.”

Lunch will feature networking opportunities with NFL, college and high school officials.

For more information or to register for the MPS and NFL Officiating Academy, visit

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • More MPS students are meeting reading standards
  • The MPS Class of 2015 earned $36 million in scholarships and still counting; and
  • MPS is home to 7 of the state’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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